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Gulfport residents fed up with gun violence

Neighbors say change has to come to the community. (Photo source: WLOX News) Neighbors say change has to come to the community. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Gulfport police say there have been 10 fatal shooting in the city so far in 2016. (Photo source: WLOX News) Gulfport police say there have been 10 fatal shooting in the city so far in 2016. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Tuesday night's shooting death of 20-year-old Trevues Martin marks the second fatal Gulfport shooting in one week; three more than around the same time of year in 2015.

Following Martin's death outside of a home on Montery Drive, the community is calling for peace.

"Another life lost, regardless, at a young age," said Keith Griffin.

For teen brothers Justus and Jediah Bryant, the occurrence of shooting deaths has become so common - they no longer flinch at the mention of it. 

"Just happens. I don't think much of it, it's life," said Justus. "He didn't even make it to 21 years old," said Jediah.

Thinking about the tragedy, which adds to the growing list of fatal shootings in the city, has some residents calling for a drastic change.

"It's crazy. That's ten deaths since the year started, and that's back to back shootings. That means our streets are not safe," said one neighbor. 

The challenge facing the community and the police: What can be done? The answer, some say, lies in faith.

"I think we need a lot of prayer going on around here," said Vera Johnson.

Charles Johnson noted, "We've got to stay prayed up. We've got to stay prayed up."

Johnson stopped by the home where the overnight shooting took place to leave his contact information in case he could help offer prayer and comfort. He says the week had him stunned, so far.

"It's the second one in two days, and I knew both guys. I knew both of them," said Johnson.

While Johnson believes something has to be done now to prevent further violence, others say the answer might just lie in a simple change of mentality.

"People have just got to treat each other like people," Griffin added. 

The investigation continues into what led to this shooting. So far, no arrests have been made.

There is a community meeting scheduled with the Gulfport Police Department Thursday evening at the Westside Community Center on 8th Street at 6 p.m. The meeting is designed to gather input from the community about overcoming challenges in the future.

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