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Calls for an end to violence appear to be working

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WARREN, Ohio - As the family of Richard Rollison the 4th lays their son to rest, there is calm in the city of Warren.
 
Richard Rollison III, whose son was murdered last Saturday at a gas station, made a plea for the end to violence. He says the best way to honor his son's memory is for his friends to do good things with their lives.
 
Meanwhile City Councilman Eddie Colbert says people in the community need to come together and work to make Warren better.
 
He tells 21 News the city has implemented long term goals to help address violence. Colbert has been an advocate for reinstating a narcotics unit and he tells us Warren's new Police Chief Eric Merkel has reinstated a street crimes unit.
 
The 7th ward councilman says city council members need to make sure the budget is enough to support the number of officers needed on the streets, however he believes the issue goes beyond being a police issue.
 
Colbert says it takes more than officials and clergy, but ultimately it's up to each family to teach their children values and respect for others.
 
On Sunday, Warren Councilman Bob Dean who has called for a gun buy back program for the past two years will be a guest on WFMJ Weekend Today's 9 a.m. show.
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