‘How can this happen?’ Toledo records 3 homicides in a single day

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The city of Toledo just experienced a violent and deadly weekend. For the second time this year, the city recorded three homicides in a single day over the weekend.

Toledo has now seen more than 40 homicides this year.

Aaron Williams-Gaston was shot and killed in his car on Hoiles Ave. early Saturday. Just 12 hours later, Charles Marshall was found dead on Platt St. On the same day, Eric Ham was found dead in a house in Grantley. The owner, Adam Links, faces a murder charge in Ham’s death.

Community members described the recent spike in gun violence as heartbreaking and frustrating.

Andrew Dlugosielski is the Public Information Officer for TPD.

“It’s very frustrating for the police,” Dlugosielski said. “We’re out there day in and day out, 24/7, trying to prevent crimes like this.”

These are crimes that have profound and long-lasting effects on many levels.

“We have people here who think solving their problem with violence will end it, but that’s just the beginning,” Dlugosielski said. “You took a life, you ruined the lives of the victim’s family members. You also ruined your own life once you were arrested.

Julia Bates is the Lucas County District Attorney.

“We’re so busy with gun and violence cases,” Bates said. “It’s so pointless. How can this happen? People shoot each other. They shoot into cars, into parking lots. They just shoot, shoot, shoot.

One of the efforts to change that was a gun buy-back event. The prosecutor’s office and the Toledo police held it on Saturday.

“We ran out of money in two hours,” Bates said. “It was $24,000 given in 2 hours for about 150 guns, but we can do a lot better. We didn’t know if it would be a hit, or if people would come out, but they did.

The gun buy-back event is just one example of efforts to change what is happening in our city. Technology and specialized policing programs are also in play around the clock. This includes Community Services Officers who are assigned to each area of ​​the city.

“They go to neighborhoods and get to know everyone and mediate if they need to,” Dlugosielski said. “They are working to calm the tensions if something happens.”

Bates said the violence will continue, and so will the flow of ideas to stop it.

“Anything we could think of doing, we should do, no matter how over the top it is,” Bates said.

Bates said she thinks it’s critical for us to return to more education and prevention programs in schools around guns, drugs and domestic violence.

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