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Salisbury Pastor on Recent Murders: Community Must Police Our Own

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Dr. Thomas Tucker (Photo: WBOC) Dr. Thomas Tucker (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.– Sifting through all the possible reasons why doesn’t change the fact that on Monday morning, a 21-year-old man lay dead on a Salisbury street, after being shot in broad daylight. And come next week a 17-year-old boy will be laid to rest. A life erased by a bullet that many say wasn’t meant for him.

Dr. Thomas Tucker, who is the pastor at St. Paul A.M.E Zion Church on Delaware Avenue in Salisbury, said the two murders that happened within two days of each another are senseless.

"These two young men will never walk across a stage, they'll never be able to live out their life's dreams, no matter what they were," he said. "They won't be able to do it anymore because their lives have been taken and nobody is saying anything." 

The community leader said the degree of outrage should not be swayed by race.

"We've got to stop killing each other and we've got to start becoming as alarmed when it's black on black crime as we are when it's white on black crime," Tucker said. 

Jenna Wright, a college student from Salisbury, said she never expected that the last few nights of her summer would be spent lighting candles and releasing balloons in memory of a life lost. But that has been what she is doing.

"We need to be the ones to start affecting change instead of just talking about it instead of just hash-tagging and retweeting it," Wright said.  

Tucker said his church will continue to work toward improving the community, adding that there is a desperate need to find activities for the youth. In the meantime, he said the community needs to find more productive ways to settle disagreements instead of turning to guns.  

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