Muskegon women hoping for summer weekend without violence

Featured on WZZM 13 News-June 24th, 2016

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Police and community members are hoping for a summer weekend without violence.  Over the last two weeks two teens have died in gun violence and police are looking now for a man they say is responsible for one of the fatal shootings.

Muskegon Police need help finding Royderrick Collier.  He's known in Muskegon by the street name "Dirty".

Police want to charge him with the fatal shooting from last Saturday of 17 year old Naethon Sims on East Isabella.  He's accused of causing Sims death, and injuring two other teens with bullets.  Those boys are out of the hospital.

Royderrick Collier is considered armed and dangerous.  He may be hiding in the Grand Rapids area. 

If you've seen him call Muskegon police or silent observer at 72-Crime.

The Isabella shooting follows a fatal shooting one week prior.  

16-year-old Jmari Harris was shot and killed in the alley along Laketon Avenue.  A 16-year-old boy has been charged with armed robbery in connection with Harris' death.  

"I was heartbroken," said Pamela Hampton.  The shooting happen right near Hampton's home.  "That kind of stuff we do not need," she said Friday while sitting on her front porch.  

Hampton says already this summer there's been far too much violence.  And she wants to hear more of her wind chimes, and less from the sirens on police cars.  Because for her summer is a time for everyone to relax and have fun.  

"I know they need something to occupy their time instead of fighting and killing each other," said Hampton

There are activities for teens to participate in this summer.  The recreation program offered by the YMCA, Pathfinders, and Boys & Girls Club was created to reduce street violence.  It's now offered at Muskegon Heights two days a week.    

"It is the same program we just switch spots for two days and we have it here," said Shauna Hunter, a site coordinator summer recreation program;

Program coordinators work to keep kids active, healthy, and engaged in positive activities.

The program will take place at two locations: 

Muskegon High School on Mondays through Thursdays from June 20 through August 18. For ages 8-12 it will run from 6pm to 9p.m. and for ages 13-25 it will run from 6pm to 10pm. 

Muskegon Heights High School on Fridays and Saturdays from June 24 through August 20 for ages 8-25 from 1pm to 5pm.  

Hunter wants see more youth take advantage of the activities.  Because it's a safe place, and she cares about the youth in her community.  And hurts when bad things happen to them. 

"We know the kids, we know them first hand, and so we take it personally," said Hunter.


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