CLEVELAND — A group of ministers held a community conversation with residents of Cleveland's southeast side on Monday night.
That's the neighborhood where 9-year old Saniyah Nicholson was killed during a gun battle between two groups of teenagers last week.
Members of the neighborhood were asked to share their stories of where they were and how they felt when they heard the news of Saniyah's tragic death. One resident told the gathering that "we are living in what I call war zones."
The pastors plan to continue these community conversations, while working on solutions to stop the violence.
Also, Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams are urging residents to report crime. The city says it will add more officers, create new community programs, and offer more support services for kids.
You can read their entire statement below: