NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A vigil is scheduled for Wednesday evening to remember the 15-year-old Norfolk boy gunned down Monday night.
Monti Hughes is the third teen killed in Norfolk in the past five months.
City Councilwoman Angelina Williams Graves told 10 On Your Side that Council just heard from the police chief on a study about how legally purchased guns often end up in the wrong hands. She said people who need to be held accountable will be.
She also talked about the crime rate in Norfolk.
“Overall the statistics are down, does that help the dead boy? It doesn’t. And it doesn’t mean a hill of beans to his family either, but overall I think we are moving in the right direction.” she said.
Graves pointed out that the city has invested in programs to help keep teens occupied and engaged this summer including the Norfolk Emerging Leaders program which gives kids jobs so they can earn money and be productive.
She also mentioned the Norfolk Nighthawks program, which keeps kids off the streets at night.
She says the city and schools are committed to doing all they can, but they can’t do it alone. “We all know that our first lessons come from our parents, so we just need parents to be more proactive about talking to their children about what’s going on around them about how they’re handling situations we need them to help us.”
WAVY also reached out to Norfolk School Board President Dr. Noelle Gabriel.
She said while they are not planning any discussions on this topic right now, student safety is always their top priority, even when the violence is coming from the neighborhoods.