Since the beginning of the 2018, there has been 20 homicides in Erie County, 11 of them occurring in the city of Erie.
“Most of the homicides, at least the ones we know have all been domestic related, none of them have been gang related,” said Mayor Joe Schember. “There’s still are some unsolved homicides, we don’t know how they’re going to come out.”
Mayor Schember added he believes the community policing efforts supported by his administration are making strides in the city.”I really think the UnifiedErie has done a great job of building great relationships and helping basically breakout gangs and get younger people living a more beneficial life for the community,” said Mayor Schember.
The Mayor says he is also satisfied with the Erie Police Department’s efforts to build relationships with the community. “I think the police are now in like six schools with the P.A.L program, the Police Athletic League, where their building relationships with kids.”
Meanwhile, at the Take Back Site vigil for Jose Rosario Jr, Betsy Wiest from the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s says she believes more should be done to reduce the amount of domestic related homicides.
“There are so many people out there today or agencies who are working with people to build relationship skills,” said Wiest. “But we have to wonder if we weren’t modeling and teaching good conflict resolution skills. That maybe our level of violence might go down.”
The Erie police chief says they are slowly making progress on the unloved murder cases, but he is not commenting further on active investigations.