Even though a man was shot and killed just three day ago, the homicide numbers in Erie for 2013 are lower than last year.
This year, Erie police dealt with a total of five homicides. In 2012, officers responded to a total of 11.
Of the five deaths from this year, two of them are considered justifiable. Those deaths include the officer involved shooting which claimed the life of 30-year-old Dionne Jordan, as well as the deadly home invasion from October which resulted in the death of 18-year-old Devonte Duck.
The other three cases, include the February beating death of Aderian Page, 35; the shooting death of 24-year-old Denario Price and the most recent homicide involving 37-year-old Stevenson Jordan who was shot and killed at the corner of East 23rd and German Streets on Sunday.
According to Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers there are a number of initiatives in place to help reduce violence.
"We've taken and placed violent offenders as a priority for our special units," said Chief Bowers. "We've done our best to put officers in positions to respond quickly to any gun violence and hopefully we're seeing some of the benefits of that."
Chief Bowers also describes the help from neighborhood watch groups as crucial. Del Birch of the East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch group agrees.
"It's absolutely critical in a neighborhood within the inner city of Erie, or in a suburban neighborhood," said Birch. "You need to know your neighbors because you never know when you need to rely on one of your neighbors."
Although the violence is down, the pain that each victim's family member feels remains. Many people--like Stevenson Jordan's father Dave Overton---are calling for an end to the violence.
"It's some grief that I wouldn't want to see any parent go through," said Overton. "I don't know what's going on with this generation but we got to stop this violence and people of Erie got to come together. We just got to work as a team and try to get a grip on our city and get everything back in order."