NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Community leaders, government officials, police, religious leaders and residents in New Haven came together on Sunday to rally violence in the city.
The event came after recent gun violence in New Haven’s Cedar Hill neighborhood: Three people were shot on Thanksgiving in the area of Cedar Hill Ave. and Grace Street.
Mayor Justin Elicker took part in the event, calling on community members to hold each other accountable.
“I can’t imagine the pain that any parent is going through, having lost their child, the friends and family, as well,” he said. “And no matter what someone’s done in their life, these things shouldn’t be happening because we’re not investing in our community, uplifting our community. And it is time that we do that.”
Despite the uptick, Elicker said he still feels hope.
“I think it’s a really challenging time across the nation — and in New Haven — in addition to the devastation that the pandemic has caused. We’re seeing a significant uptick in violence in the city and at the same time I feel a lot of hope because I’ve seen so many people come out to support their community, their neighbors.”