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Evanston Celebrates Drop In Violence
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - On Saturday afternoon, people who live in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston gathered to celebrate a drop in violence. People who organized the event said they're very happy that the neighborhood went the entire summer without a homicide. They said there were still some shootings. But overall, violence was down.
Pastor Peterson Mingo was at Saturday's event and he said it was a relief not to have to counsel any loved ones of people that were killed. He attributed some of the improvements to the demolition of the St. Ledger Apartment, which had become a hotbed of crime.
"I believe that the strides we've made in Evanston are going to carry on, not only into next year, but even for a decade," Mingo said.
Vanessa Pugh, the mother of a recent murder victim, was at Saturday's event. She said it warmed her heart to know no one was killed in Evanston over the summer and that things are better.
"It feels really good. It makes me have joy in my heart, even with the sadness that's next to my heart. It can't get any better," she said.
Mingo said it's good to celebrate. But he added that efforts to reduce violence need to continue and now is not the time to let down one's guard.
"Even though we've made great strides in the neighborhood, we can't afford to get complacent. We can't afford to rest on our laurels. We've got to continue to do that which we know got us to the place that we are," he said.