"Turn the killers in" rally held
4 people have been shot & killed in the first 4 days of 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Turn the killers In- that's the message from a rally held Wednesday on the Northside, where people gathered to urge the community to help police solve murders in their area.
Within the first four days of 2016, four people have already been shot and killed.
On January 1, Michael Daniels was shot and killed outside his home in the Dinsmore area. JSO later arrested Edward Williams, whom they believe shot Daniels because he was dating his ex-wife.
Also on January 1, a 70-year-old man was found dead in his home on the Westside.
On Sunday, a former First Coast High School football player was shot and killed at a party. Two other people were injured.
Then on Monday, 42-year-old Kenya Davis was shot and killed inside her Ortega apartment. A man in the apartment was also injured.
Officers are still searching for the shooters in these 3 murders.
"It's horrible. Somebody needs to step up or say something or do something. It's horrible," said Dennis Hill, who's brother is a shooting victim.
Hill's brother was shot in the face by a man who was banging on his door.
"From what the police told us he knocked on the door, he said he just walked into the house with his daughter, set the food down, somebody was banging on his door, he opened the door and somebody shot him in the face and left him for dead," said Hill.
Although Hill's brother lived, his family still has no idea why he was shot. The shooter has never been found, and no one has been arrested.
Jacksonville saw 96 people murdered in 2015, but arrests were only made in one-third of those cases. That's something rally organizers say needs to change.
"These murderers are running around in the city. They're getting lifts, they're getting rides, they're getting drives. They're being housed, they're being loved. They need to get turned in," said Diallo Sekou, one of the organizers.
In addition to encouraging people to cooperate with police, Organizers say they're also trying to reach out to kids in the community. They believe children won't grow up into violent criminals if they're taught to look down on criminal activity at a young age.
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