KC community leaders offer help to neighbors where recent bloodshed occurred

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Volunteers returned Thursday to the neighborhood of a triple shooting. Dozens of shots were fired at a home Sunday, killing a young man and wounding a 10-year-old boy. Community leaders are trying to reach out for help from those living nearby. Neighbors mostly watched from their porches and windows as others gathered at 34th and Park for a vigil Tuesday night to remember victims of the bloodshed.

That's why activists have returned to the area Thursday, armed with flyers offering help for neighbors. Organizers want people to know they can request extra police patrols on the block if they see anything suspicious. They also provided information on parenting skills and leads on temporary jobs for those seeking a path out of poverty.

"We have to get out, stop watching from our porches, stop watching from our windows and participate," said Joseph Jackson, of the Kansas City neighborhood advisory council. "When we see things happening in our community, get involved and get engaged. Because when it happens to our neighbor's house we don't say anything, but when it happens to our house then we want somebody to say something."

Jackson says he's convinced that someone knows who fired the shots that killed one young man and left two other wounded. And he says change only happens when everyone participates.

Following Tuesday's rally, some who participated reported hearing gunshots in the neighborhood. That's why organizers remain determined to continue working to make the area safer.

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