FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- A Fort Wayne man shot early Friday morning was the 33rd person killed in Allen County so far this year, that’s more than double this time last year.
Fort Wayne police officers responding to gunshots just after 4 a.m. Friday found the body of a 25-year-old man on Ridgewood Drive.
Fort Wayne Police Department
The Allen County coroner says Justin Cedrick Dawson was shot multiple times.
2020's homicide count in Allen County is more than the 29 total homicides in all of 2019 and that’s despite the COVID-19 pandemic that slowed down the violence for about two months.
Amy Davis with JAVA says Fort Wayne is better than this.
She says, “We’ve gotta do something, we’ve got to find a better way because right now we’re just reactive. I think as a community we can do better and I know that’s what JAVA wants.”
Davis is tired of seeing killing after killing and that there needs to be a conversation sooner than later.
Davis says, “I don’t know if we teach that in the school, and honestly a lot of the administrators that I’ve talked to have said that their hands are full.”
Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena says it starts in the home.
Rosales-Scantena says, “When they don’t have people and mentors to look out for them when they don't have strong moral fiber,they tend to find something to take the place of that loving family.”
Davis says police are doing everything they can.
She now calls on Mayor Tom Henry to address the increase in shootings.
Davis says, “The Major needs to realize that there's a problem in his community because I don’t think he realizes that.”
Rosales-Scatena says you have to protect your family from senseless violence. She says, “It’s really taking your family back and making sure they’re on the right path and at the right times.”
Davis sends this message to Dawson's family or anyone who has lost a loved one too soon, “JAVA is here for you and wants to support you and anyway we can and we hope that you would reach out.”
If you would like to donate to help support Justin Dawson’s family GoFundMe, please click here.