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Eight victims of a homicide this year have been juveniles



North Little Rock, Arkansas – Authorities in North Little Rock are looking into a shooting that happened on Friday night and claimed the lives of two adolescents.

“It’s just so heart-wrenching,” Co-chair of the North Little Rock CARES Youth Coalition, Darrell Montgomery said.

The North Little Rock Police report that eight of the homicide victims this year were minors.

“They seem to get younger, and that’s just not acceptable. We certainly, those victims of the crime last night, our hearts go out to the families, and you know it’s just so heart-wrenching to see,” Montgomery said.

In North Little Rock, Darrell Montgomery works with teenagers at the Youth Coalition.

“We are trying to show them an alternative resolution other than settling their disputes with guns and violence,” Montgomery stated.

When another person is killed in the city, he claimed that people have stopped caring.

“At some point you hear it and it’s like oh, it’s just another homicide, but we are talking about families, we are talking about individuals that are certainly grieving, and the loss of a loved one is so devastating,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery emphasized the need for community unity.

“Crime doesn’t respect any city boundaries,” Montgomery stated.

Likewise, youth investment is important.

“No amount of money is too much to invest in the future of our kids and to the future of our society, to try to change their lives,” Montgomery concluded.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police right away as the investigation is still ongoing.

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