Arrington: Community needs to come together to stop 'senseless' violence

ERIE, Pa. -- Erie City Council member and anti-violence advocate Sonya Arrington is speaking out about a weekend homicide that claimed the life of a man who was a stepson to Erie County councilman Andre Horton.

"Everyday is a struggle for me,” Arrington said. "Especially when someone else loses a child. I'm losing my son over and over and over again.”

Darren Germany, 28, died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Saturday during an exchange of gunfire near the intersection of Prospect Avenue and June Street.

Thursday will mark the seventh anniversary of Arrington's own son's death, who lost his life to gun violence.

Arrington called the violence senseless, with more mothers and fathers losing their children.

"It doesn't matter whether our children die from drugs or gun violence,” she said. “It all goes hand-in-hand and we need to deal with this at an equal level. It's senseless. We're all losing children."

Arrington said gun violence could be minimized if the community comes together. 


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