Warren mayor, victim's family call for an end to violence - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Updated

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

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • UPDATED

    Royal baby: It's a boy for Kate on England's national day

    Royal baby: It's a boy for Kate on England's national day

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:34:20 GMT

    For Kate, the wait is over. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth Monday to a healthy baby boy - a third child for Kate and Prince William and fifth in line to the British throne.

    More >>

    For Kate, the wait is over. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth Monday to a healthy baby boy - a third child for Kate and Prince William and fifth in line to the British throne.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:08:38 GMT

     A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. 

    More >>

     A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. 

    More >>
  • Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:20:03 GMT
    (CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...(CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms