Homicide hits close to home for Nehemiah, Urban leadership development organization


CHARLOTTE — THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT… POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING WAS TARGETED. AND OFFICERS ARE LOOKING FOR TWO PEOPLE OF INTEREST. ERIC — THEY SAY IT WAS ONE OF SEVERAL REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED IN THE AREA LAST NIGHT… OFFICERS FOUND ONE WOMAN IN AN APARTMENT PARKING LOT WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD… AND A MAN WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND NEAR TROY DRIVE ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY… THE WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL BUT DIED… THIS IS THE SECOND HOMICIDE THIS WEEK IN MADISON… ERIC — NEWS THREE’S VELENA JONES TELLS US WHY *WHERE* THIS HAPPENED. IS HITTING HOME FOR AN ANTI-VIOLENCE GROUP…IN A STORY YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON NEWS THREE TERESA ROBBINS NEIGHBOR I HEARD POW, POW, POW, POW, POW 1 VO TRACK MADISON POLICE SAY ITS THAT SOUND OF GUNFIRE THAT HAS BECOME ALL TOO COMMON THIS YEAR 1 SOTW2 45 CHIEF KOVAL: WE CAN’T MAKE A HABIT OF THIS EVERY MORNING. ITS SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE SEAMLESSLY MOVING ONE INTO THE NEXT 2 VO TRACK THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE IS WHAT THE NEHIMAH ORGANIZATION HAS SPENT YEARS TRYING TO PREVENT—BUT HAS COME RIGHT TO THEIR FRONT DOOR—WITH THE LATEST SHOOTING HAPPENING IN THE PARKING LOT OF A MULTI-UNIT HOUSE THAT THE ORGANIZATION OWNS 1 SOTW4 45 it makes me even more committed to our work in strengthen our community and making it great for everyone 2 VO TRACK DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS, TERESA ROBBINS WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR —HAS HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE BUILDING 2 SOTW6 45 that’s a halfway house next door and they moved about two years ago, so we have all been pretty scared since that happened 2 SOTW7 44 GEE: I understand that but for 2 to 3 years there people have paid rent there because they have jobs and want to get their lives together 3 VO TRACK ITS HOME TO ONE OF THE VICTIMS, A 44- YEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS SHOT — THE ‘SUPPORTIVE HOUSING’ BUILDING HOUSES BOTH FORMALLY INCARERATED MEN AND THOSE WITHOUT A CRIMINAL HISTORY IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE STABLE HOUSING 3 SOTW9 45 this is what keeps the community safe and so when someone is shot outside of a facility that you own, you can’t take all your cookies and go home and say this doesn’t work 4 VO TRACK IT’S A COMITTMENT TO THE COMMUNITY NEHEMIAH HAS SPENT THE LAST 25 YEARS WORKING TOWARDS BY PROVIDING RESOURCES AND PROGRAMING TO PREVENT AND REDUCE VIOLENCE 4 SOTW11 46 GEE: we are going to continue to employ people and to house people because we can point to hundreds of people that receive these kinds of services, they don’t commit these kinds of crimes. THE 44 YEAR OLD MAN IS IN STABLE CONDITION. NEHIMAH IS ALSO PART OF THE FOCUSED INTRUPPTION COALITION WHO TOGETHER HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE BOTH VICTIMS FAMILIES TO HELP PROVIDE ANY RESOURCES THEY MAY NEED.

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  1. Another day, another shooting.  This time with a fatality.  Hooray for diversity.  Anybody else noticing a pattern here, or is it just me?  Let the euphemisms begin:  Inner city disadvantaged marginalized economically disenfranchised victims of institutional racism, implicit bias and white privilege, in neglected communities and neglected schools, without access to educational, healthcare, employment or transportation opportunities, disproportionately affected by negative social outcomes, constantly targeted by universally racist police, district attorneys and judges.  Considering all that, I'd say they're doing pretty well.

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