Gary mayor calls on community amid increase in homicides

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says community members should double-down on efforts to curb violence after the northwest Indiana city saw six homicides in six days.

Freeman-Wilson said in a news conference Tuesday that reducing crime is about the community “working together,” not “a march here or a march there.”

The (Munster) Times reports Gary has seen 34 homicides so far this year, up from 20 homicides at the same point a year ago. The youngest of the six recent homicide victims was 15-year-old Daja Brookshire, who police say was shot in the back Sunday as she got out of a car.

Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley says more officers are on city streets in response to the increase in violent crime, and that the department has called in the city’s top violent offenders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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