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City Leaders Want Murders to Stop
Gun shots rang out in the capital city, leaving three victims dead during New Year's celebrations.
"I said hi to them almost every day," neighbor Antonio Brown said.
He was shocked to find out that 24-year-old Larry Grice and Andrea Pocklington were gunned down in their apartment on the 900-block of North Ninth Street. Friends of the family said Pocklington had three kids and was sixth months pregnant with her fourth child.
"We shouldn't have to wake up and hear that someone is gone, somebody is missing their loved ones, kids are not seeing their dad or mother again," Brown told us.
"These acts of violence will not be tolerated in the city of Springfield," Springfield Police Chief Robert Williams said.
Williams and Mayor Mike Houston spoke out Tuesday, showing their concern for how the new year started.
"I was horrified to receive the information that this had happened in our community," Houston said during a Tuesday night press conference. "This is a tragedy for our victims and their families, particularly the children of one of the victims."
The violence continued as Springfield crossed into the new year. Twenty-four year old Deshawn Jones was shot and killed on a porch on the 1900-block of East Cedar.
"I'm hoping beyond hope that things will settle down and these young people will realize the consequences of their actions," Alderman Gail Simpson said.
Simpson wants the violence to end in Springfield. Her main concern is her residents' safety.
"The citizens who live here, the respectful citizens who want this to be a part of their home, deserve better," Simpson said. "And we need to rid this community of those elements who would have a total disregard for the citizens and quality of life that they want and expect over here."