Family of 1-year-old fatal shooting victim holds tearful prayer vigil

September 12, 2012 in Lifestyles, News, Top Stories

Tamatha Hamilton, in white T-shirt, aunt of shooting victim Keondra Hooks, and Bernice Neal, great aunt, each holding a candle during a vigil.

Community leaders hold press conference denouncing violence

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Politicians, pastors and other
community leaders, as well as a
contingency of police officers gathered
at the Moody Manors on Saturday,
Aug. 11, two days after a
shooting that killed Keondra
Hooks, 1, and seriously injured her
sibling, Leondra, 2, to suggest actions
that could help deter more
shootings.
During the press conference,
the main spokesman was former
Toledo Mayor Jack Ford.
He encouraged current Mayor
Mike Bell and the police department
to come up with tougher
measures for combating crime.

Ford suggested that the police
stop large groups of people, both
white and black, if they are loitering
and to check for guns. ”Impose a tougher curfew even if it appears draconian in the short

run,” he said. “Do it so people can
have peace. If we don’t, we will