Statistics from Buffalo police show June and July are among the six deadliest months of the past 10 years.
More than 20 people have been killed in Buffalo since June 1. That’s more than half of the 36 homicides in the Queen City so far this year.
Santana Anderson, Lakendra Tillmon and Yvette Johnson were all mothers who were killed.
Community leaders are now working on what they can do to help some of the young, surviving victims.
Anderson’s aunt, Tabitha Parker, said “What do you tell a 2-year-old when they ask ‘where’s mommy?’ and you constantly tell them mommy’s at work. What do you tell them? How do you council this 2-year-old? You can show them all the books in the world but they want their parents.”
Bishop Perry Davis, with the Stop The Violence Coalition, said “It’s other kids that lost their lives because of the gun violence. The kids have lost their lives right now because they don’t have the help they need to move on with their life, and that’s what we want to provide for them.”
The Stop The Violence Coalition is asking for support for a free trauma center so these children can receive counseling.