Behind a building, near the corner of Orleans and Union Streets, the body of a man was found shot last night.
Police are calling it an apparent homicide at this point.
The shooting location also is right at the back of the Dunbar Community Center, a place people go to to escape this kind of violence.
A makeshift memorial at the back of this Oak Street apartment marks where police found 34-year-old Dennis Jordan shot Tuesday around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.
“My daughter came from Burger King and when she came, she see the body and she’s scared. And she sits down over there. And she’s scared. So, I’m moving. I’m moving because I don’t like that neighborhood,” says Linda Cluc of Springfield.
The scene is just yards from the back of the Dunbar Community Center which partners with the YMCA to provide programs for youth.
In February, the first Springfield murder victim of 2012, 38-year-old Judy Ramirez, was found just a block away on State Street.
You may think it’s too dangerous to go to the center with all this, but Kristine Allard of the YMCA of Greater Springfield says the center itself has a safe security record.
The whole point of the ‘Y’ being here, or anywhere else for that matter, is to change things for the better.
Allard says, “We don’t turn anyone away. We have locations in our inner cities. We have locations in the suburbs.”
“We certainly hope that the work that we’re doing here will trickle down into other parts of the community and lead to a happier, safer place for Mason Square,” Allard adds.
Springfield Police continue to investigate this latest death.
If you have any information on the death of 34-year-old Dennis Jordan, you are urged to contact Springfield Police.