Community responds to multiple youth shootings with anti-violence march
Three children shot this week among those remembered
MIAMI – Dozens marched through the streets of Liberty City during an anti-violence demonstration Thursday.
The community came together in response to three young people in Miami-Dade County being shot within days of one another.
"We're working very close with the police department to make sure that every time there is a killing, there is an arrest,” Tangela Sears, a community activist said.
The latest incident happened Wednesday night when 17-year-old David Goulbarne was shot and killed in a Liberty City apartment complex.
David’s mother was too upset to speak during the march, but the teen’s cousin, Runika Jeangilles, said that the family is devastated.
"They took a loving person from our family, and I hate them for it,” Jeangilles said.
The Goulbarne family suffered another loss in January when David’s cousin, Alder Smith, was shot execution style.
Parents of 16-year-old Daquan Gordan, the teen who was shot in the leg just minutes before a gunman killed David in the same area, also came out to pay their respects.
"It's sad. It's very sad. We feel her pain,” said Alonzo Gordon, Daquan’s father. “Yeah, we feel her pain, because that could have been our child."'
Police haven’t said if the two shootings are connected, but have confirmed they have arrested 20-year-old Antwon Gilbert in connection to the attempted murder of Daquan.
Meanwhile, Leonard Adams, 18, and Irwen Pressley, 17, appeared in front of a judge this week after being charged with the shooting death of 6-year-old King Carter.
Carter was playing outside his apartment complex when he was killed Saturday.
"Right now with all these shootings going on, parents need to start checking their sons' bedrooms, they need to start checking their houses for guns, and they need to take some responsibility as well,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.
Anyone with more information about these shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
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