Espanola's mayor issues call to action to fight violence
October 24, 2018 05:53 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Espanola’s mayor has issued a community call to action to try an come up with solutions to end a cycle of violence.
A letter, written by Espanola Mayor Javier Sanchez, says, “We have experienced violence in our community for many years. It has infiltrated our neighborhoods and ingrained itself in our very being. It has almost become a normal part of everyday life. But we mustn't let it."
The mayor wants community leaders, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens to come together and construct a blueprint for how the community can de-escalate the violence.
Many believe part of the solution starts with children.
"School administrators, our social workers, our councilors, our school nurses, our teachers, I think we bring a lot to the table, in terms of the young people and the challenges that we face with them,” said Espanola Public Schools superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez.
Earlier this month, the community saw the devastating impact of violence, when recent Espanola Valley High School Graduate Cameron Martinez was shot and killed in what police are calling a case of mistaken identity.
"Losing Cameron was just the hardest thing. But at the end of the day all of these young people are victims in one way or another,” Gutierrez said. “Cameron was the victim in the tragic accident. He lost his life. But then the young people who were with him live with this image and everything that happened that night for the rest of their lives."
if you'd like to take part in the community meeting about how to end violence on Monday we've posted information about how you can attend on our website kob.com under the 4 links section.
Monday’s meeting will be held from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. at the Santa Claran Event Center.
Updated: October 24, 2018 05:53 PM
Created: October 24, 2018 05:17 PM
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