SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — At a Walnut Street memorial, where Brandon Daniels was killed on his 28th birthday Saturday night, his cousin Laura is outraged.
“We have kids out here that don’t have parents. It’s not cool out here, we need a better life. I can’t even cry about it, I’m more angry, because it doesn’t make sense,” Laura Thomas stated.
Daniels was one of two shooting deaths in the city this past weekend.
The other, on Armory and Worthington Streets, where now a memorial is in place for 25-year-old Adriana Bonet, who police say was killed early Saturday morning.
“I feel very unsecure. There’s no safety at all over here. It hurts my business. I want to be safe over here in this neighborhood. I want police to notice these things and give us a little safety,” said Charan Singh, owner of MJ’s Pizzeria.
Several neighborhood business owners who didn’t want speak on camera agree, feeling like they could use more police patrols in an area they say is troubled.
“We really do need witnesses, the community to cooperate. There were plenty of people at these instances. Plenty of people. they need to step forward. This could be, God forbid, one of their family members or friends or neighbors. They need to be part of the solution too. Tough weekend, no excuses,” says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Community members say that code of silence is there because speaking up might make them a target.
Still, two families are broken and searching for answers after another weekend of violence.
No arrests have been made yet in either shooting.
If you have any information you’re urged to call the Springfield Police Department at (413) 787-6325, or text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637), type SOLVE and then your tip.