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Local religious leaders say violence needs to stop after most recent murder

Posted at 12:42 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 16:30:57-04

MILWAUKEE -- After the latest fatal shooting in Milwaukee, there have been 16 murders in August. Early Monday morning, a woman was killed near 30th and Vine Street.

It's become an all too familiar scene around the city. Police investigators circling a crime scene as a community gathers just beyond the yellow tape. 

"We need to and we must do something," Rev. Kenneth Londo from Jerusalem Baptist Church said. "It hurts. Everybody's hurting. Everybody's looking to see what they can do."

Reverend Londo is organizing people from his church to go into neighborhoods and rebuild one block at a time. It's the only thing he can see will fix what's happening in the city.

"I would like to see Milwaukee come back to the way it used to be," Londo said. "My feeling is that if community problems are going to be solved, they're going to be solved in our own communities."

Londo isn't the only religious leader that stopped by the crime scene Monday morning. Malcolm Hunt with the Least of These International Ministries has seen too many scenes like this. 

"It's time to stop the violence," Hunt said. "How do we bring the community back together again?"

Hunt says communication is key. The public and police need to come together to have a discussion about how they can best work together to stop the violence. 

"Nobody wants to sit down and work together," Hunt said. "Until we sit down and come together and stop talking about the past. What are we going to do to stop this violence? It's not safe. It's not safe for our children."

Chief Alfonso Morales is holding a meeting at 1:30 p.m. to discuss public safety efforts in the city.