Detroit Cites Culture of Violence As Infant Dies in Gang Killing


A toy Jeep lay among shards of broken glass in the front yard of a Detroit where a shooting left a 9-month-old boy dead and an outraged community searching for ways to stop the violence, reports the Detroit News. A woman said she was asleep in her home early yesterday when shots rang out. As her son dozed on a living room couch, bullets pierced windows and walls, striking the boy. The shooting was gang-related, said Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

The killing was the 43rd homicide in the city so far this year, up from 35 during the same period last year. It’s also the second murder of a youngster in Detroit within the past three weeks. Said minister Malik Shabazz: “This culture of violence, the culture of individualism, the culture of me, myself and I must end. You’re never going to resurrect Detroit until you deal with the culture of violence that exists within the people.” Part of that culture is the “no snitch” attitude that has frustrated police investigating murders. Godbee said key people have refused to provide information about yesterday’s killing.

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