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Evanston man: Neighbors need to speak up to stop rising tide of crime

Posted: 5:37 PM, Jun 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 18:17:40-04

CINCINNATI — Two days after a shooting in Evanston claimed the life of 25-year-old David Lynn Jr., shots sounded again on a nearby residential street. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, the neighborhood has been the scene of 188 reported crimes since January.

One concerned neighbor, who asked not to be publicly identified for his own safety, said he’s been behind some of the reports. He believes the neighborhood has experienced a major rise in crime — drugs, drag-racing and now shootings — during his 30-year residence, and he wants others in the community to speak up about it.

“It wasn’t a child this time, but it was still someone’s son,” he said of Friday’s fatal shooting. “And it didn’t even need to happen. God forbid, I would hate to see a child get hurt or someone else get killed over stupidity.”

The Cincinnati Police Department has increased its walking detail since April, and officers are working to strengthen community policing and build relationships with Evanston’s young people.

Still, the neighbor said he wants more.

“I’ll keep reporting it until they get tired of it,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do. I am only one person and I’m trying to make a big noise. That’s all I can do.”

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