NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of parents, children and community members agree that Nashville has a youth violence problem.
They showed up to the city’s first Youth Violence Summit Monday night to hear what the city plans on doing to combat the issue.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, 19 people aged 19 or under have been killed so far this year.
Three were child abuse cases but the other sixteen were shot and killed, many by other children and teens.
“Where are they getting the guns?” said DaVontae Ziegler’s mother after the summit. “The city hasn’t addressed where an 11-year-old gets a gun to then shoot my son.”
DaVontae, 15, was killed in March after an 11-year-old, whose name hasn’t been released because of his age, said he found a gun and it accidentally went off. He was later charged with homicide.
At the summit, pastors, city officials and activists listed a lack of employment opportunities for teens, poverty, single-parent households as contributing factors for the gun violence problem.
“I hear a lot of talking,” said Ziegler’s mother. “I hope to see them do something.”