Bell: 5 day homicide streak 'will not stand'

Bell: 5 day homicide streak 'will not stand'

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Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Five people have been killed in Birmingham in the last five days and this violent stretch has city leaders' attention.

The latest homicide victim, Yrral Torrance, was found Monday night in his front yard, his young son cowering under a bed inside their house.

It's been a violent streak under any measure for the city of Birmingham: five homicides in the last five days and Mayor William Bell says this will not stand.

"We remain committed to the public and the public safety as a job for every citizen to become involved. We're going to continue this fight. Sometimes we have blips in crime, and we take every crime seriously and I know Chief Roper does as well," Bell said.

The mayor was thanking Birmingham police for the investigation of the shootout involving his security detail two weeks ago, but the city has suddenly gotten much more violent.

Friday night, two men were shot in a car and they made it to Brookside City Hall where one was pronounced dead.

Early Saturday police say a man was shot and killed after arguing with a cab driver.

Early Sunday morning on that same street, police found a man lying on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds. He later passed away. Then late Sunday night, a 19-year-old man was found shot dead inside a home.

Then the latest homicide late Monday night when police found 34-year-old Torrance dead in this front yard.

Today the mayor said the city's fight against crime will continue.

"We're gonna do all within our power to continue to put pressure on the criminal element in our community to cease and desist, or go to jail, or go somewhere, but not Birmingham," Bell said.

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