Statement From Mayor Ed Gainey on Gun Violence In Our City
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Dayvon Vickers, Devonte White, and the entire community today. We are in the process of being able to connect the families with counseling and supportive services they will need to help them through this tragedy. My administration has launched a critical incident review to get a deeper understanding as to the root cause of the violence last night and we plan to release what we find as soon as we are able to.
If we are going to find peace in our communities we must find justice. All of us as a city must continue to come together as one community to solve these murders and find justice for these families. We are going to do everything we can to find those responsible for these actions.
We are facing a pandemic of gun violence in our city and we need a public health response. When we held our community meeting in Homewood we came together in conversation about our vision for zero gun deaths in our community – but we also came together to uplift and celebrate the neighborhood and hear about the pride that people have about their community.
We know that our goal is going to be hard to accomplish, but that doesn’t mean that we should be afraid to try to find a path to peace in Homewood and in every neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
It is time to end the pandemic of violence that is taking the lives of too many young people in our city.