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Tallahassee Police investigating 21st homicide of 2019

Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 05:58:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Tallahassee Police Department is now investigating their 21st homicide of the year.

This, after the victim in the shooting Monday night died.

The shooting happened along 6th Avenue and Old Bainbridge Road around 6:00 p.m. There's still no word on a motive in the case.

21 homicides so far in 2019, the most recent shooting, happening not too far from the Urban League Monday night.

We spoke to Curtis Taylor, president of the Tallahassee Urban League, and he says it's a sad day in Tallahassee.

At this time last year, the Tallahassee Police Department had 12 homicides for the year, so that number is way up for 2019.

Taylor says this is getting out of hand and it's time for people to do something.

"We have got to come together as a village, as a family, as a community, as a neighborhood, as a City of Tallahassee in coming up with ways to combat crime and stop the crime in our community. This is just getting out of hand," said Taylor.

Jackie Perkins says the news is disappointing.

"It's unfortunate that we've had an increase in crime throughout the city," said Perkins.

Perkins is the committee chair for safety and crime prevention in the Bond community says they were able to reduce crime in the area significantly.

"We were able to reduce crime by 30 percent because the neighbors just made a decision and the residents here said we're not going to stand for it," said Perkins.

Cameras were installed in certain areas and neighborhood watch groups were formed as a result.

She says if communities around the city could subscribe to that and work together, we could see less crime.

"We are working with the Urban League, we are working with law enforcement all facets of law enforcement to try to make sure that we can continue to curb crime in our community," said Perkins.

Taylor says programs and initiatives are good, but he believes it’s the people who speak up that will change the frequency of crime in Tallahassee.

The Frenchtown community will soon start a neighborhood crime watch to make sure people can alert authorities of criminal activity.

Taylor credits the police department for their work but says they cannot do it all.