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Wilmington Residents Look Beyond Police For Violence Crisis

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Eighteen people were killed to gun violence on the streets of Wilmington last year. Four people were killed this year.

People are fed up and want justice and action, but instead of looking to police for answers, some people have started looking up.

FOX 29's Shawnette Wilson explains.

"My son wasn't perfect, but no child is perfect. Nobody' child is perfect. I don't know all he did, but he didn't deserve to be murdered," Jennifer Green said.

Michael Green was shot at close range as he sat inside his car with his girlfriend last October in Wilmington.

The 26-year-old was found shot once in the back of the head and the shoulder. His friend suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her hands and body. Their killer is still on the loose.

Jennifer Green says her son didn't have any enemies she knew about. He spent most of the day at home, watching movies, before deciding to venture out.

"He left about 10 or 11 O' clock I guess... he said, mom, I'll be right back. It hurts because he was on his way back home and now I'll never see my son again," she said wiping away tears.

Green says she deals with her grief as best she knows how through prayer and remaining hopeful, despite what's happening on the streets of Wilmington.

Minister Margaret Guy is on her own mission. She wants to bring the faithful and faithless together to fight the violence that continues to escalate.

"I organize prayer chains to go out and pray in the areas where a lot of people have lost their lives," Guy said.

So with the support of her pastor, and members of the Saint Paul UME Church, Minister Guy invites people to join her on different street corners as she prays for help.

"We basically go out every other week to every side of town. We go and link hands united in prayer. All denominations. It doesn't matter who you are. We go out and we link hands and we pray," Guy said.

"There are too many mothers that are losing their children too many people being lost to guns." Guy said.

And while the people pray, a few get inspired in other ways. Ernest Baker started a petition that he hopes to present to the city's mayor in the near future.

"The police department is trying but their hands are tied to a certain extent. We're going to see if they can get a Homicide Unit in the city of Wilmington. They have no one that exclusively works on murder cases. They investigate it from the beginning, and if no one comes forward, it just goes on as an unsolved murder or cold case," Baker said.

Something, Jennifer Green definitely doesn't want to see happen to her son's case.

"I want to know who murdered my son because it's hard for me. I still got his cards and his flowers. I can not rest until I know who murdered my son," Green said.

More than $10,000 people have signed the petition pushing for the creation of a Homicide Division for the Wilmington Police force.

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