• Boston's 2016 crime statistics are out

    By: Crystal Haynes

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    BOSTON - Overall violent crime in Boston was down in 2016, but homicides went up, and one mom in the community is trying to bring attention to neighborhoods that may be at risk.

    It's everybody's issue. It not just a Roxbury or Dorchester issue. It's happening across the city,” said Monica Cannon.

    In 2016, 17-year old Raekwon Brown gunned down while leaving Burke High School in Dorchester.

    The body of 19-year-old Blanca Lainez was found in an East Boston garage, bloodied and beaten. 

    And 3 months ago, new immigrant Benine Timothee was killed by a stray bullet walking home.

    Roxbury mom and community activist Monica Cannon has been posting reports of violence to her Facebook page and her website.

    “It started in my neighborhood. I watched someone try to kill my son twice and our community has been consistently ignored,” she said.

    Boston police credit youth diversion programs and community policing for a 38 percent decrease in crime over the last 10 years.

    While the statistics tell one story, Cannon said it's hard to see any improvement with shootings happening everyday multiple times a day on her street.

    “Initiatives are empty if you're not going to talk to the people closest to the problem. Time and time again, there's meeting after meeting with people who are actually not on the ground, doing work,” Cannon said.

    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that  the community has to play a role in stopping the violence as well.

    “We put most of our resources in the neighborhoods that have the most violence. But when it comes 4 o'clock and two individuals are fighting behind Heath Street over a tow. We can't be in that spot. So we need the community to get the guns off the street,” he said.

    Evans said 2600 guns have been taken off the street and overall arrests are down 25 percent over the last two years.

    “It's not all on us. This is a parent issue. This is a community. It's the clergy. It's all of us working together,” he said.

    Evans says his goal for 2017 is combatting an increase in gang violence in East Boston by working with community partners there.

    The overall goal for both he and Cannon is an even steeper decrease in homicides to report next year.

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