2 murders start community conversation about peace

Stop the violence town hall meeting in Springfield. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)
Stop the violence town hall meeting in Springfield. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Springfield residents are trying to stop the violence.

Many gathered Friday night in light of two young athletes recently murdered in their community.

Organizers put together a town hall meeting to demand action from city leaders.

Mayor Warren Copeland, Commissioner Donald Martin and Police Chief Steven Moody were all there. They too are ready for change.

“I’m sick of what we’ve been doing so, we’re doing new things at the Clark County Jail. You know when people go to jail, they’re sober, straight and they find God. It’s amazing,” said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

Kelly is implementing a $200,000 mentoring prison program and try and stop inmates from returning.

In the past two weeks, two former football standouts were gunned down in separate incidents.

George Walker, 20, was killed last week, just two weeks away from heading to a military academy to play football.

Jeff Wellington, 17, was gunned down on Easter while trying to break up a fight.

The two young men were friends and were once teammates on the Springfield High School football team.

With their memories fresh in everyone’s minds the community says it’s time for peace.

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