‘It impacts all of us’: Nonviolence Institute responds to string of shootings in Providence
The fatal shooting on Harris Street in Providence Friday afternoon marked the city's fifth homicide this year, and the fourth shooting in the city just this week.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The fatal shooting on Harris Street in Providence Friday afternoon marked the city’s fifth homicide this year, and the fourth shooting in the city just this week.
“We have to come together,” said Cedric Huntley, executive director of the Nonviolence Institute. “Certainly our hearts go out to the families that are experiencing this trauma and tragedy. It impacts all of us.”
Huntley and his team spent hours at the hospital Thursday night, following the city’s third shooting of the week on Hawkins Street that left two men injured, one in critical condition.
“We’ve spent time with those families that are going through that tragedy and trauma. What goes through my mind is people are hurting. We see what happens to families, how they’re destroyed, and we just want to do our part.”
He said his first thought when hearing about these shootings is ‘generational trauma’, and said education is how we can help combat the problem of gun violence. Huntley is currently wrapping up a week of nonviolence training with the Central Falls Police Department.
“We know that it makes a difference, we’ve seen it. So, if you were to ask me what could we do? We could continue to educate our community, our young people. There is an alternative to violence and it’s non-violence education and training.”
Huntley said it’s important not only to educate but also to get involved.
“We have to get involved in our young children. We have to get involved in our community. We have to be guardians in our community, and we have to stop what’s happening in our communities, especially in the marginalized communities where there’s a lot of issues. It doesn’t happen in Lincoln, it doesn’t happen in Barrington.”
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