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Warren mayor, victim's family call for an end to violence

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WARREN, Ohio - Warren is a city on the edge after two murders in 12 days and a heightened fear and anger due to social media posts.

In a powerful statement, the father of Warren murder victim Richard Rollison stood with Warren's mayor asking that everyone put down their guns in an effort to bring calm to the streets.

"Today, I'm asking that each of us take personal responsibility for our actions and the actions of our kids. I'm coming to you this morning in order to ask for everyone's help to simply stop the violence," said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

Franklin took a stand at city hall, making a somewhat unheard of public plea. Standing next to him, the father and family of the city's latest murder victim, 24-year-old, Richard Rollison, IV shot and killed over the weekend.

Two murders in less than two weeks have heightened concerns about retaliation and the circulation of what the mayor says is false information.

"That false information has mostly been through the irresponsible use of social media which has heightened fear and anger, and has the potential to create more unnecessary violence," Franklin said.

The mayor was also critical of some media outlets that used dash cam video of the scene where Rollison lay dying. On the video the victim is heard making a "dying declaration" naming who allegedly shot him.

It has re-opened painful wounds for the victim's family forcing the mayor and Rollison to talk the victim's friends out of retaliating.

"I know it's public record. I understand all that. But I think they should have waited because we had all this stuff under control; I hope we still do. But those boys got mad again," said Richard Rollison, III, the victim's father.

Rollison's father says now they're receptive to keeping peace in his memory.

His father just doesn't want anyone else to lose a child. "I'm the one that should be mad. But I'm not mad today, I'm sad today ‘cause my son is gone. I can't get him back. But if you want to make me feel better, stop all this violence," Rollison said.

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