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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police on Tuesday identified Carlton L. Lewis, 27, as the latest victim in a string of violence in Kansas City since early Sunday. The news hit Lewis' family hard and says it's not the first time he's been a victim of gun violence.

Carlton L. Lewis

Carlton L. Lewis

"Somebody got to stand up and do something. Somebody has seen something. Somebody knows something," said a tearful Tyra Cooper, Lewis' girlfriend.

Like Cooper, neighbors are fed up with the recent killings. On Monday evening, red and blue lights lit up the neighborhood around 17th Street and Kansas where officers found the 27-year-old dead.

"He just left me. He had just left my side. I didn't even say bye, get a hug, nothing. And now he is gone."

Crime scene tape criss-crossed another area a few blocks away where police say two other women shot in that same incident called for help. A fourth hospital showed up at the hospital in critical condition.

Officers say 14 people have been shot in the city's latest three homicide investigations.

"It's stupid, it's senseless, it needs to stop," Cooper said. "Ain't nobody coming back from the grave. It's stupid. All you guys are doing is taking other people's loved ones and for what?"

Cooper said she has now lost her boyfriend of five years, who was a family man and father of one.

"He's a father. A great person you know, heart of gold. If you need help, if he got anything sceneyou needed, if he had it he'll give it to you."

Lewis' cousin Sommer Brewster agrees.

"I looked up to him even though he was my big cousin. He was so much of a big brother to me," Brewster said.

Cooper said her boyfriend had been in the middle of gunfire before. She said he was hit in the head by a bullet when he was 12.  She said that coupled with a few accidents, left him physically disabled.

Now they and others said this area filled with violent shootings lately, must stop.

Cooper said she doesn't have the answer is to stop all these shootings.  But she said that culture of being a so-called snitch, is different from a witness.  She said she hopes someone comes forward.

If you have any information, police ask you to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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