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Overcoming Violence in Erie

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Jovon Johnson is no stranger to violence in the Erie community.

Back in 2008, his 15-year-old brother Daquan Crosby was shot and killed near East 7th and Wallace Streets.

"He was a victim of gun violence," said Johnson.  "You don't really think that a 15-year-old would carry a gun, but my brother got caught in a situation with a friend and it cost him his life."

On the heels of a dozen reports of gunfire in Erie, the former Pittsburgh Steeler and current Canadian Football League star says he's surprised by the increase of violence in his hometown.

"It strikes me as something that people should try to get out and try to make a difference and try to get a stop to it before something else bad happens." said Johnson.

Community members on the front-line in the battle against violence agree.

"It seems to me that corporate Erie and Erie government must come together to provide a means for these young people to occupy their time during the summer months." said Bishop Dwane Brock of the Erie Bishop's Institute.

"If you know your child is out here shooting people, you need to turn him or her in," said Mothers Against Teen Violence Founder Sonya Arrington.  "Enough is enough.  Take it from me.  You'd rather have your child sitting in jail then to be six feet under."

Johnson hopes his story, will help spread a positive message.

"I think for the parents, you have to be more involved in your kids life, give them something to look forward to," said Johnson.  "Don't just sit around and wait until they get into trouble to make an impact."

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