Cleveland Police Chief Encourages Public to Help Stop Violence

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

Cleveland Police Chief Encourages Public to Help Stop Violence

Three children have been killed in the city in a span of four weeks.

Published October 3, 2015

Over the course of four weeks, Columbus, Ohio has seen a steady rise in deaths including three children who were gunned down. Enough is enough, police officials are saying.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield was shot to death in a car with her mother; 5-year-old Ramon Burnett was killed in a crossfire while playing footbal; and 3-year-old Major Howard, riding in a car, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting.

"It's been hard to stomach," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. "We've marched enough. People need to stop chanting and do something."


Williams, shaken and angry during a press conference on Friday, added that Prosecutor Tim McGinty is offering a $25,000 reward for any useful information.

So far, witnesses have said that more than a dozen shots were fired from a home or apartment building into a car carrying baby Wakefield, her mother and grandmother. She later died at the hospital. Her relatives were unharmed.

Prosecutor McGinty said during a news conference that the reward money is being offered for information regarding Wakefield, and a shooting that wounded a 10-year-old.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, have been indicted in the murder of Burnett. Police have also issued a warrant for a 22-year-old suspect in the murder of Howard.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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