Civil, city leaders call on community to end violence after teen’s murder

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN)- Days after a Springfield teen was shot and killed, city leaders are stepping in to try and stop the violence.

Jeff Wellington, 17, was murdered Easter morning while trying to break up a fight according to Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody.

The search is still on for the shooter.  Chief Moody says the suspected gunman as Tyrin Lemond Hawkins, 17.

Tyrin Hawkins wanted in connection to the shooting death of Jeffrey Wellington.  (WDTN Photo)
Tyrin Hawkins wanted in connection to the shooting death of Jeffrey Wellington. (WDTN Photo)

Springfield’s NAACP President Denise Williams called a news conference at the City Plaza Wednesday afternoon to call on the community to help makes the streets safer.

“We stand for peace. We stand for unity.  We stand for love,” says Williams.

Williams says it starts at home.

“Parents, grandparents, foster parents, we must know where our children are.  We need to grab our boys and girls off of the streets.  We need to make sure that they do not have weapons in their hands,” explains Williams.

She and other city leaders are working on new initiatives aimed at controlling guns and saving lives.

But, Chief Moody says they need community input.

“We want to hear from the community, what they want. I’m not going to go out as the police chief or the officers and tell the neighborhoods what to do.  I want to hear from them,” comments Chief Moody.

If you have any information on Hawkins, Chief Moody asks that you call police immediately.
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