Dwayne Dunbar, a local community leader, said providing information was not whistleblowing, but keeping the community safe.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two community leaders in Columbus are asking anyone with information about the shooting deaths of two young siblings and a man to come forward.
Officers found Charles Wade, 22, Demitrius Wall’neal, 9, and Londynn Wall’neal, 6, shot dead inside a vehicle parked in the Winchester Lakes apartment complex early on Tuesday. evening.
Investigators believe the shooting was a targeted attack.
Police said two suspects approached the vehicle and opened fire. The two men then got into another vehicle driven by a third person and drove off.
Dwayne Dunbar works in the community to prevent violence in the community. He is the founder of International to International, an organization that works to keep guns out of the hands of young people and helps ex-prisoners get back on their feet.
âGrowing up on the streets, we knew it wasn’t fair, but there were certain guidelinesâ¦ it’s very different now. Women are targets, children are not spared, âsaid Dunbar.
At a press conference on Wednesday, leaders in the city of Columbus called on anyone with information to come forward. They also mentioned the âno snitchâ culture on the streets.
âIt’s not snitch. It’s more just trying to keep our community safe. They were starting to not throw things around. Now for these kids, all they heard was is not to snitch, âDunbar said.
Bishop Timothy Clarke, a pastor of the First Church of God, said speaking out can heal others.
“You have to say it for others to survive. We have to say it for the cycle to be broken. We have to say it for the madness to end,” Clarke said.
Police have now reported 186 homicides in the city of Columbus this calendar year.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Terry Kelly at 614-778-9706 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.
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