Enough is enough. That's what hundreds of Cincinnati teens said Saturday at an event aimed to stop territorial violence. They're tired of the violence and are ready to take action. Just last week, a gunman opened fire in Bond Hill killing 16-year-old Eugene Lampkin the latest victim of a turf war.
Youth Summit Co-Chair Canace Tubbs says, "Our communities were falling apart. Our brothers and sisters were out there on the street dying before they reached their full potential." So Tubbs helped create the Youth Summit truce designed to get kids from several city neighborhoods together to stop the violence, including Lampkin's brother Khristopher Artis. "For all the people in the hoods, E-town, Bond Hill, Evanston to hear the message, 'guns is bad," says Artis.
Kids of all ages gathered for entertainment and to learn how to deal with conflict without the violence Saturday afternoon. Co-chair Charles Wiley says, "by bringing the youth together, we believe, you see how they embrace each other. This is something they would not have done."
Evanston teen Chris Woolfork agrees, "With all the hoods here, we came here and we showed there's no more beef. We're tired of the violence so we're going to fight for it."
That is the message people like Sandra Howard, who lost her son Julani last year, want the kids to remember, "when you're out there with this violence, there's nothing out there that's worth doing this for. There's no reason to do this."
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