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MSP, mayor working with community to curb string of homicides

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Capt. Colin Bireney made his plea today, joined by representatives from the Michigan State Police and Mayor Dayne Walling. 

"In each of these cases someone knows what happen and we need to know," Bireney said.

The city needs urgent help after 11 homicides in the last two weeks.

The combined task force is digging in to tackle the 35 homicides have taken place already in 2015 compared to 29 last year.

Lt. Thomas Kish is the Flint post commander for state.  He's also a native of this city and he takes this wave of violence personally.

"It's something that I take seriously and we are going to get to the root of this problem," Kish said.

The mayor believes a budget amendment is part of the solution, to put more boots on the streets, more officers in uniform, as soon as possible. 

While the mayor believes that adding more police officers could be key, the grass roots efforts of community leaders, organizations and churches could be the answer to ending these senseless crimes, like Pastor Floyd Fuller.

"So some kind of way we got to all come together and the church is here and we are going to try to bridge that gap," Fuller said.

Fuller leads the Mount Taber Missionary Baptist Church.

"We just got to have more city policing and we have to come together as a neighborhood with the police and have more dialogue with one another," Fuller said. "And we got to work together to solve the problem that we have right here."

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