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Providence police increase patrols in fear of retaliation after murder

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By: Samantha Lavien

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One day after a brother and sister were shot in Providence, police are increasing patrols in the area where the shooting happened in fear that there could be retaliation.

On Thursday family members came to grieve and light candles where 20–year–old Devon Taylor was gunned down. Many saying that the violence has gotten out of hand.

"These children are in funeral home after funeral home. Every other day. Please let's get together everybody,” said Devon’s aunt who asked not to be formally identified.

She told ABC 6 News that through the years she doesn't even know exactly how many loved ones her family has lost to gun violence.

"You know I lost a family member yesterday, and that hurts my heart very bad because I can never ever see my nephew again.”

Police believe Taylor was targeted when he and his sister 15–year–old Destiny Taylor were on their way to pick up a family member from day care. Destiny was shot in the back and is in the hospital recovering.

Juan Carter who works at the Providence Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence says Taylor, who was an aspiring rapper, was receiving help from the organization.

"His lyrical content was a positive one it wasn't about let me go shoot up somebody," said Carter.

Other videos have been a concern. Authorities are seeing an increase in postings on the internet that incite violence.

"When your on the videos and your on the internet posting money and guns and drugs like that it can bring unwanted attention and I think some of the violence does stem from that,” said Carter.

Police do have some leads but no arrests have been made so far.


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