We cannot lose another person

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Gun violence has reared its ugly head once again in the city.

This past weekend, Winston Carr and Roosevelt Jones III were gunned down in the street. Carr later died from his injuries, and Jones, at last report, was in good condition in a Norfolk hospital.

While many facts surrounding this case are still unknown, one thing is certain — this has to stop.

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Suffolk cannot continue to lose young people to gun, or any other violence.

The people committing these crimes must be made to pay for their actions in hopes that it will deter the next person from pulling that trigger, or acting out in some other violent manner.

There are just too many alternatives — such as avoiding situations where these types of things are known to happen, or just walking away when things begin to turn ugly. Violence is not the answer. It never is.

We know that many people are hard at work doing what they can to stem this flow — or is it a flood?

It’s not going to be a one-answer solution. It will take each and every one of us, working together, to stop it.

Please, don’t let another young person die. Get involved in your church, the schools, with the city officials, in your neighborhood, whatever it takes.