TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Concerned community members and authorities are working together to try and put a stop to the violence in Troy.
Police are continuing to search for the person who shot and killed 18-year-old Tyreek Prince early Sunday morning. A rally was held Thursday on the corner of Hutton Street and Old Sixth Avenue where the teen was shot.
“There’s too many young brothers that are dying, and it’s time for us to stop hating on each other and to love each other,” Rev. Charles said.
Prince’s grandfather, James June, grew up on the same block where Prince was killed.
“Tyreek was very articulate,” he said. “He was a hell of an athlete, but we’ll never know what kind of man he would have become.”
When June arrived to the event, he spoke to Prince’s friends.
“There’s been people pointing fingers,” he said. “There’s been a lot of animosity, and I came out here to shut all of that down.”
Local religious and community leaders came to do the same, but they also asked for help.
“If you see someone doing something wrong, step up and say something,” they said. “Enough being quiet because that hasn’t gotten us anywhere, either. Step up. Get involved in your community.”
Troy Community Police Officer Chris Johnson also had a message. He also talks to communities preaching hope of a better way. But he, too, asked for the community’s help.
“If I had a magic wand, and I could wave it, I would want people to say, ‘Listen, let’s take back our streets,’” he said. “’Let’s police some of these things that are going on,’ you know, and say, ‘Hey, you know what? Don’t let this kid just do that,’ or you know, try to be a role model to the kid that’s down the street. Not just leave it up to me.”
It’s a problem with more than one answer and an issue much bigger than one police force or one neighborhood.
“I told you guys that there’s a lesson in this, and the lesson is not revenge, retaliation” June said. “It’s education.”
No details have been released on any possible suspects linked to Prince’s death. Funeral services will be held on Friday.