TOLEDO (WTOL) - A week into 2019 and two teenagers have suffered from gunshot wounds, one ultimately dying from his injuries.
The Toledo Buffalo Soldiers say, “No more.”
Members of the local motorcycle club are working to end youth violence in 2019.
"Take a firearm and pull the trigger on an individual, obviously you don’t care about that individual’s life,” said Earl Mack, Jr., president of the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers.
Mack works to connect Toledo’s kids to friendships with police officers, local leaders and other kids. It’s all a part of the “No More Violence” initiative.
"Shared experiences create more friendships, and it’s a relationship builder for these kids, which then bullying and youth violence starts dropping once they get to know each other,” said Mack.
Members of the motorcycle club have been serving Toledo’s youth since 2013. From fostering community conversations with police to taking kids to local events, the Buffalo Soldiers are trying to instill the value of life into Toledo’s youth.
Mack says these values aren’t taught in most schools. Ultimately, he says the Buffalo Soldiers want to be role models kids can look up to.
"They get to see us adults working together with our police department, what do you think the kids are looking at? Wow, look at that, yeah,” Mack said.
Detectives continue to investigate last night’s shooting in which a bullet hit the stomach of a 14-year-old boy and the foot of a 26-year-old woman. Both are expected to recover.
The Toledo Buffalo Soldiers are hosting a community conversation with police on Wednesday at the Frederick Douglass Center at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.