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Community gathers in fight against black-on-black crime

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's a sensitive topic, but one these folks aren't shying away from.

"We need to be upset with the incidents of black on black crime," said Darrell Daniels, with the Derrick Brooks Charities.

And it's what brought Verna Jordan and her husband to a town hall meeting.

"I think it's a step in the right direction," she said. 

Community Leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens all coming together to start a discussion on how to slow black on black crime.

This year in Tampa alone, there has been 15 murders, 8 of which are considered black on black. 

One of the most egregious, and a big reason behind this event, was the Family Dollar store murder back in July, where a career criminal is accused of shooting Horsley Shorter Jr., an Army veteran who managed the store.

"It's going to take a working community churches, police departments, sheriff department and education," said Les Miller, a Hillsborough County commissioner.

Maybe most of all, it starts at home. 

"A lot of the rules and regulation the parents gave us as younger people worked a lot of that isn't being done today," Jordan said.

"If we can start early maybe we can start those 13, 14, 15 year olds from turning to a life of crime," Miller said.

What about the ones who already have?  The kids who'll just laugh at a forum like this.

"We have to do something to make them feel they're important – they're important," Jordan said.

"Rome wasn't built in a day. We can't curtail this today, but we can start right now," Miller said.

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