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Westside Neighborhood Hopes To Combat Crime

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- It's been just over a week since four teenagers were shot just blocks from Sexton High School.

Members of the Westside Neighborhood Association say the shooting just adds to the list of violent behavior in the area, and they want to put an end to it.

"There are no silver bullet solutions to this problem," said Bill Morris, a spokesperson for Save Our Sexton. "But, what we can do, as a community, is re-connect the Westside community and Sexton High School."

Morris graduated from Sexton. He blames the increased crime on the declining relationship between students and the community.

"I have spoken with the people on the inside of the building and they're concerned as well," he said.

Earlier this week the Westside Neighborhood Association Board of Directors sent an open letter to city and school officials addressing, what they call, predictable violent behavior in the area and asking for police presence after school.

"We have been sending some extra patrols through to keep an eye on things," said Jessica Yorko, Lansing City Council's fourth ward council member. "We will provide law enforcement resources to this area as needed."

However, Yorko says the community needs more than police presence. She plans to start from square one, by building a solid community structure.

"We do need to build stronger bridges and connections and relationships between Sexton High School students and neighbors in the Westside neighborhood," she said.

In response to the recent shooting's, volunteers are holding a mentor event Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Letts Community Center. For more information, call (517) 392-5415.

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