Working to break a cycle of violence in a Syracuse neighborhood
On Tuesday Syracuse Police named the woman who was killed Monday night on S. Salina St. The victim is identified by police as Juanita Schley, 34, of Syracuse.
Two adults, one man and one woman, were shot in the 2000 block of South Salina St. near Wood Ave. around 7:45 p.m. Monday night.
Pastor Daren Jaime was called to the hospital Monday night to help counsel Juanita's family who just found out she had died. Jaime leads People's AME Zion Church on S. Salina St.
Juanita was shot just two block from his church. Far from the first person to be taken by gun violence in his community. "As a faith leader you want to help and give faith and build people up," said Jaime. "But there comes a place where even in doing your work your humanity cries out."
Monday's fatal shooting brought police to a row of store-fronts near the Wood Ave. intersection. They've investigated a murder there in the past. In April of 1990, well-known community leader Carol Thomas was shot and killed inside her liquor store.
The Manlius native was killed by her tenant. Neighbors who were around said they remember the day all too well. Carol attended mass at the People's Church. "The reality is 30 years later we're still dealing with gun violence in our community," said Jaime. "We're still dealing with gun violence in America. This is just a microcosm of a macrocosm. We have some real serious issues we need to deal with."
Jaime is calling on community members this week to work with people on conflict resolution. Help your neighbors, friends and family understand they can disagree with people without violence being the end factor.
"Yesterday was definitely air taken out of the balloon," he said. "But we don't give up. We don't lose hope. We believe better is coming and we're going to do better to become better."