After another violent night in Columbus, neighbors are looking for ways to help grieving families.
Two shootings left two men dead Monday night and brought the total homicide count in the city to 100.
At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Eugene Patterson, 19, was found shot to death in a car on East Fulton Street.
Then shortly before 10 p.m., Frank Turner was shot during an argument in front of his west-side apartment on Canonby Place.
“One homicide is too many and that’s one of the problems that we’ve seen. As a society to get complacent and accept things like this, we should not accept this at all,” said Kevin Miles, of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.
A local pastor said he is concerned about the violence and wants to assemble a response team.
“I’ve has some members who have lost family members to gun violence,” said Rev. Charles Bond.
Bond is the east-side pastor who organized an operation ceasefire during the summer’s rash of killings.
Now, Bond said he wants to organize a crisis response unit to respond to the families of a murder victim.
“When someone gets killed or there’s a crime, there’s a lot of flaring emotions. There’s anger. There’s bitterness. There’s revenge,” Bond said.
They are planning their first meeting next month, but it would be a group of volunteers who are not trying to do the work of police, but the work of a counselor who has been through this before.
“You have mothers who have been through this, so they know how to help the mothers who are now going through this. You have siblings who have lost siblings to gun violence to crime. They’ll know best how to help the person walk through those initial steps,” Bond said.
Turner was 47 years old and had three children. Police said there have been no arrests in the case.