Dunbar community reacts to recent violence
FORT MYERS- For Tiffany and Andre Harris, post Sunday service at Mount Hermon Church in Fort Myers remains a time of reflection.
"We have a lot of people that are going through hard times right now," said Tiffany, of Lehigh Acres.
The couple is saddened by the 15 murders in Fort Myers. Most of those on the streets of Dunbar.
"Another lost soul, another person that's fallen down the wrong path," added Andre, also of Lehigh Acres.
The latest homicide happened on July 5. A shooting left Tyrone Williams, 50, dead on Henderson Avenue by Clemente Park.
"That's somebody's son, someone's brother or some kid's father," said Fort Myers City Councilman Levon Simms, as a reminder of these senseless crimes.
Simms believes violence is rising due to a proliferation of guns and drugs not just in Fort Myers but across the country. Simms says stricter gun laws would help.
"Everybody can get guns, everybody should have guns?" questioned Simms, about lobbyists who assert the Second Amendment right to bear arms. "That's crazy. It's obvious because people who are getting guns, shouldn't have guns."
Andre Harris agrees. He says it's too easy to get illegal guns here and that must be stopped.
"Get to the source, however, the guns are getting to the hands of these kids and they're getting able to use them," said Andre.
Police Chief Doug Baker says most of the city's 15 murders are drug-related. And so far, more than 150 guns have been seized from Fort Myers streets this year.