MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Eight people were killed between Friday and Monday morning in Memphis, including a 16-year-old. It has Memphis Police looking for suspects and the city at large looking for answers.
FOX13 spoke with Mayor Jim Strickland on Good Morning Memphis just a couple hours after someone shot three people Monday morning in the 2800 block of Nathan Street in Binghampton.
According to police, two people died. The one survivor showed up at Tillman Police Station. It’s not clear how that victim got here, but they are expected to be ok.
“All of us need to do more,” said Mayor Strickland. “Parents need to step up and parent their children. Don’t let them out late at night.”
FOX13 asked a spokesman from the Memphis Police Department what’s leading to most of the shootings across the city. The answer was there are multiple reasons. In previous cases, the suspect knew the victim. In other cases, they were arguing.
“Director Rallings and I had a press conference last week to talk about all the young people dying to gun violence this weekend,” Strickland said. “One was 16-years-old this weekend. We know somebody out there knows it. They deserve justice.”
During that same press conference, Rallings told FOX13 out of the murders this year, the victim or suspect was a known gang member in 34 cases. 11 were domestic violence and 53 were committed by someone known to the victim.
“With the pandemic, so many good outlets are closed,” said Strickland. “We used to have summer programs and the libraries. Well, we can’t do that now because of the pandemic, so parents and families need to really step it up to.”
Rallings and Strickland urged anyone who has information to call CrimeStoppers. Those tips are anonymous.
According to MPD, as of Monday there have been 127 murders in Memphis this year. There were 97 at the same time last year.
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