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Concern grows over youth shootings in Northeast Ohio

According to the Cleveland Division of Police, 35 out of the 74 homicides in the city have claimed the lives of people 25 and younger.

CLEVELAND — A call came in to authorities early Wednesday morning from the scene of a shooting inside a Euclid home. A mother saying her 10-year-old was shot.

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We know now he's expected to recover, but no suspects have been arrested, a tough reality Myesha Watkins encounters too much as the executive director of Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance.

"Working in this line of work is extremely exhausting because we cannot control the amount of guns on our streets, we can not stop all shooters from shooting," Watkins said.

She just lost a 14-year-old cousin in a shooting, while her organization is out on the streets and even in hospitals working directly with families of people who've been shot.

They're seeing a trend. Victims and perpetrators are getting younger, so much so that they have now expanded their services into the Children's Hospital.

"There's a need there and the support we can offer is assist them with a crisis when it's the highest," Watkins said.

We've brought you the story of Ny'airra Green, shot in the eye on March 19th, recovering with the bullet still lodged in her brain.

No one has been arrested in that case and her mom, Shernisha Chaney, says these past months have not been easy.

"With all the fireworks, she's still scared of that stuff, you know we can't sit in the house and hear fireworks because she's running and my other kids are ducking and it's sad we have to live this way," Chaney said.

While smiley and back to as many normal activities as possible, while her eye might be feeling better, the question is where can this 8-year-old feel safe? She doesn't know.

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