DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Guns were responsible for more deaths in Dayton this summer compared to last year.
Gun-related violence as a whole is also up in the city.
22-year old, Monica Buress was upset when she learned about the increase in gun violence. Her 26-year old brother, Demarcus Buress, died from a gunshot wound.
Demarcus and his girlfriend were sitting in the car when two men allegedly entered the vehicle, fatally shooting Demarcus on July 7th.
“I pray to God everyday that something different happened,” said Monica.
The shooting happened on North Delmar Avenue. Dayton Police Lieutenant Eric Henderson says the increase in gun violence is due to multiple factors.
“We do know a lot of our gun crime is related to the drug market, a lot of it is the victims of offenders know each other,” said Lt. Henderson.
He also says the warmer temperatures during the summer bring more people out. It also can bring crimes of opportunity. Some people will leave their doors or windows open when it’s nice out.
Monica says her brother was a true victim, who was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“He was just a goofy, funny guy. He was enrolled in school for criminal justice. He wanted to become a probation officer,” said Monica.
2 NEWS’ reporter Maytal Levi, did some digging into numbers from June through August. Dayton Police responded to 30 more crimes involving a gun this year compared to last year at the same time. A reminder to police how dangerous their profession is.
“It can always be scary. You have to be able to work it through it though. That is the main thing, you have to work through their fear. I mean, that’s our job,” said Henderson.
From June through August, 12 people in Dayton were killed from gun violence. In 2014 from June through August, 8 people killed from gun violence.
Monica hopes sharing her story, will make a difference.
“Be close to your family, even though I lost my brother I am trying to do a lot more positive things, Before you do something, think about your actions before you do it. Gun violence is not the answer,” said Monica.
From June 1st-August 25th of 2015, Dayton Police report 128 violent crimes involving a gun (theft, rape, aggravated burglary etc). Last year at the same time, DPD reports 108 violent crimes involving a gun.
Lt. Henderson says this year the department has worked numerous cases where there are multiple victims at one crime scene. He says the department is working with the community to bring gun violence down.