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Community leaders call for action after child killed in hit-and-run

Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 23:24:57-04

MILWAUKEE — Community leaders are trying to figure out a way to move forward after a hit-and-run killed a 6-year-old girl.

The crash happened at 22nd and Center on Thursday evening. It seriously injured a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old.

Milwaukee Police announced Friday afternoon they had found the suspected car and had persons of interest in custody.

There was a vigil Friday night at the scene. Meanwhile, across town, community group leaders and activists held a meeting at The Ma'Ruf Center, which was prompted by the hit-and-run.

"Hopefully we can come up with a plan that will help Milwaukee, that will give that hope back to Milwaukee," said Chris Conley, the outreach coordinator for 414 Life.

The hit-and-run happened in Alderman Russell Stamper's district. He says it feels personal to him.

"It's just unfortunate that someone would not care about a child, not care about what you're doing to the community just driving reckless, so I'm very, very upset and frustrated," Alderman Stamper said. "So we're going to do what we can to enforce what we have on the books and implement new laws to stop, curb, or prevent this reckless driving."

"A lot of times we try to push a lot of our problem solving efforts on the police, you know and they're limited, but when we come together as a whole there are different things that we can actually do to make this better," Conley said.

On Saturday, Aldermen will discuss ways to address reckless driving at the scene of the hit-and-run.