City officials to offer more counseling, forums to try to end violence

City leaders take steps to end violence

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - At least three shootings happened in Cincinnati this weekend resulting in two deaths and now city leaders are taking steps to help stop the violence in the city.

Neko Larkin, 21, was riding the Metro bus when he was shot and later died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Saturday night.

A 16-year-old, Eric Shields was shot and killed in the West End shortly after.

Two people who were shot in Clifton early Sunday have non-life threatening injuries. Police found almost 20 shell casings.

Shane Satterfield, who works with the Cincinnati Health Department, tells FOX19 NOW Mayor John Cranley’s office plans to bring some critical services to recreation centers in each neighborhood across the city in the next four to six weeks.

“What can we best do to reduce this violence and facilitate engagement," he said.

The plan is to offer counseling for individuals or groups. There also will be forums to allow people to voice their opinions and know someone is listening.

As of Friday there were 46 homicides in the city limits of Cincinnati. By Monday, there were 48.

“It doesn't just affect one area of our city it affects all of our city,” Satterfield said.

“I believe what is at now 48 or 49 murders? Which is a new current epidemic in this city. You know we have the heroin epidemic, but we also have the murdering of young black men as well.”

For those feeling uneasy about this recent rash of violence, Satterfield said the health department already is offering behavior health services including counseling.

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