Councilman Calls on City Leaders to Stop Cleveland Violence

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CLEVELAND  -- Nearly 30 people have been killed in Cleveland this year and a city councilman is calling for officials to do more to stop the violence.

It's in those midnight hours, it's in those times that we're here by ourselves that we begin to think and wonder...and now that we put him away, we're at the place we want to know why," said a woman whose brother was killed in January.

About eight or nine shots back to back and then it seemed like they weren't going to ever stop," said a mother, whose daughter was killed this year as well.

They are expressions of pain that 29 families in Cleveland have felt this year.

We now have 29 homicides in the city of Cleveland, we've not even gone 29 weeks in the city of  Cleveland," said Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed.

At Monday night's city council meeting, Councilman Zack Reed blasted city leaders for not doing enough to curb the murders that are plaguing the city.

We can build new hotels, we can build bridges to the lakefront, but if we don't solve this problem, people are going to continue to leave this city, regardless of what we do downtown,” said Reed.

The police department alone isn't going to be able to solve the problem, you know, it's a community effort...these are social issues that we're dealing with and it takes the community as a whole to address these issues relative to the homicides," said Cleveland Safety Director Michael McGrath.

According to Cleveland police, there were 29 homicides as of Monday, the same number as this time last year; there were 18 by this time in 2012. Cleveland Safety Director Michael McGrath says most homicides in Cleveland are committed by people who know each other.

Attached to all these homicides are families, mothers, brothers, sisters, so when you're talking about statistics, I don't like to talk about statistics because one is too many," McGrath said.

Councilman Reed feels the city needs to provide more job opportunities for Clevelanders.

How do we ensure that both downtown and uptown are working together to build a better city for everybody? It just can't be for the tourists who come in from out of town," said Reed.