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Killing Our Community - Violence in Northeast Ohio, a News 5 Special Report

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Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 19:10:29-04

CLEVELAND — Tonight at 5:30 p.m., News 5 hosted a special report examining the recent gun violence in Northeast Ohio. Following the special, we invited our viewers to join a virtual town hall on Facebook to discuss this ongoing issue with local law enforcement and community activists.

"Killing Our Community - Violence in Northeast Ohio" took a look at what is going on in our neighborhoods, provided Cleveland's two mayoral candidates a forum to discuss what they would do to combat gun violence in the city, and told the devastating stories of recent victims of gun violence in Akron and Cleveland.

Read and watch the stories in our special report below:

Surge in gun violence exposes broken systems, leaves behind broken families

Local organization ramps up armed streets patrols in Cleveland neighborhoods dealing with gun violence

Cleveland community trying to find peace after 12-year-old critically injured in shooting

Cleveland mayoral candidates weigh in on spike in violent crime

'His life matters:' Heartbroken family says man shot near University of Akron not expected to survive

Immediately after our special report, we continued the discussion on the News 5 Facebook page, where News 5's Courtney Gousman hosted a town hall with members of local law enforcement and a community activist dedicated to curbing gun violence in our area.

You can watch a replay of the town hall live in the video player below: