AURORA, Colorado (CBS4) – Community lreaders around the Denver metro area are intensify their efforts to fight against youth violence after a shooting in Nome Park injured six students at Aurora Central High School. When the gunshots broke out Mone day afternoon, Frank NOTiygena, a junior at Central, was in the library and I saw people running.

Then I heard the microphone, ‘shooting, shooting, ‘”, he recalled.

While Nigyena called the event scary, he also said violence was something he is a bit used to. Other relatives and neighbors echoed those same sentiments on Monday when describing their concerns.

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“It must be addressed so that children like us are protected, to be safee, ” Niygena noted.

This question is now before many Metro Denver community organizations, including Struggle of Love, GRAB, Mosaic, and youth violence prevention programs for Aurora and Denver.

At TTuesday, to managers of the respective organizations meet in person for the second time since the shoot to talk about how to react in the community and share resources, as well as tackle the larger problem of youth violence.

While every organization has already made efforts to resolve problem for some time, Monday’s shooting added a sense of urgency.

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“This is an opportunity for us to take action,” said Christina Amparan, program manager of Aurora’s Youth Violence Prevention Program, which the city established in April. “IThis is an opportunity for us to move from the planning stage to the next stage. “

According to Amparan, it means tackling the root causes for violence among young people and the community, such as guns, gangs, drug addiction and Mental Health problems.

“WWhat resource information do we want to share?Amparan saiD. “Identify the gaps, Iidentify areas of opportunityyes, So, this is a very good opportunity for us to have a regionthere is I’m tallpact through this collective approach.

The group decided to take three immediate actions this week to support the community after the shooting.

On Wednesday, the organizations will hold a haven of peace Event where families and community members can come and talk and access resources. It will be from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. afternoon to 802 Quari To research.

Organizers are also planning a peace march on Friday afternoon. It is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Kenton Primary School and end at Nome Park.

it offers their a chance to support each other, to connect, but also an opportunity to heal, ”said Amparan.

The third action decided by the group is to send community leaders to schools near the scene of the shooting. Joel Hodge and Jason McBride with Struggle of Love began by visiting several schools on Tuesday morning.

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“WWe have to go where the problem is and we have to talk to these kids“said McBride.”Most importantly, we need to talk to their parents. ”

Leaders community organizations pledged to continue coordinating efforts on Tuesday, grateful youth violence as a public health crisis across the metropolitan region.

“IIt really is a time for all practice bridge to really be innovative and collaborative in the search for solutionsSaid Jonathan McMillan, director of youth violence prevention for the city and county of Denver.


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