Extreme overnight violence in Rhode I...

Extreme overnight violence in Rhode Island

There are 97 comments on the WPRI Providence and Rhode Island story from Jun 26, 2008, titled Extreme overnight violence in Rhode Island. In it, WPRI Providence and Rhode Island reports that:

It was a violent night across Rhode Island. There were three shootings in the state, and two of them proved fatal.

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Woonsocket Resident

Woonsocket, RI

#1 Jun 26, 2008
When will Woonsocket put an end to the Drug and Gang related violence in the city? This shooting according to words of the victims friends is gang related, by the gang called as the Outfitters. We need to all work together as neighbors to make the stand that this will not be tolerated. This is another sad ending to a 17 year old young mans life that should have not happened. Good Parenting is also needed across the whole country. If we as parents know what our child is doing we need to be a strong role model, giving positive influence in their lives.
Sister Still in Mourning

Providence, RI

#2 Jun 26, 2008
I recently lost my younger brother to murder in Dec 2007. These punks in the streets have so much anger/jealousy within them they don't know how to deal with it. When the kill another human being, they don't realize that they are also killing the other families. My young children are all in counseling to due the loss of my brother. We just had a march in Providence this pass Sunday to prevent violence and men killing other men. If you are so angry get HELP!!!! Join the ARMY!!! Talk to someone who can assist you. Each time another person is murdered/stabbed I say a prayer for them and the person who committed the crime because I understand their pain/loss. We are losing to many young men due to violence, and parents are without their children! But karma will come and get you!!
Big Suprise

Bellingham, MA

#3 Jun 26, 2008
(Woonsocket) I think a large issue with these people is their lack of faith in the police. They listen to rap music about "f*** the "jakes", etc and feel as though they are being "harrassed" when they are stopped in their car even for looking suspicious. But who are the first people that are called when some street rat gets shot....THE POLICE!. The police are in the city, I see them all the time. Its not harassment, its called being PROACTIVE!!!. The constitution defines law and the police enforce it. Who here is in the wrong, besides those breaking the law. Its time for parents to teach their kids to respect the police and not to defy them and break the law. Just to reiterate..."good parenting" is the major issue
Jaye-Ann Boucher

Lincoln, RI

#4 Jun 26, 2008
what is happening to Woonsocket we have had a serial killer here and then we had the little girl savannah smith missing than than raped and then killed and then we had the guy driving around picking up a kid from the high school than we had that little girl that was missing and she was raped this whole city of Woonsocket is getting me sicker and sicker by the day i'm ready just say the hell with Woonsocket and bring my kids in a different part of RI
anonymous

Providence, RI

#5 Jun 26, 2008
to be honest... i don't care if these punks, gansters, drug dealers want to kill each other... why does society even need them?? they don't contribute anything to society... i have an idea... lets just put all of them together on an island and have them duke it out between themselves... once and for all... i've lived in providence my entire life, in the same house for 20 years and i've seen my neighborhood get "infected" by these people... screw them all!
Mista

AOL

#6 Jun 26, 2008
My class tolerated the presence of Juan Diaz, 24, the alleged Pawtucket murder suspect, in class about eight years ago. At best, Diaz seemed ornery. At worst, Diaz possessed extremely terrifying eyes. Hope he has a nice, long meditation session at the Adult Correctional Institution.
rob

Rocky Hill, CT

#7 Jun 26, 2008
i think its crazy kids killing kids !
joe davis

Providence, RI

#8 Jun 26, 2008
the police in this state never do anything but pull people over for petty crap. they never prevent catch or solve crap
Ron

AOL

#9 Jun 26, 2008
The Police should be allowed to beat the crap out of these idiots.
NICOLE

Pawtucket, RI

#10 Jun 26, 2008
to be honest i think u should really watch what u say bout things these are peoples children and family members you are talking about .. if that was someone in ur family who was shot to death or something you would demand the same respect iand if ur neighborhood is infested wit people like this and u dont like wtf move its that simple or learn to deal wit it
anonymous wrote:
to be honest... i don't care if these punks, gansters, drug dealers want to kill each other... why does society even need them?? they don't contribute anything to society... i have an idea... lets just put all of them together on an island and have them duke it out between themselves... once and for all... i've lived in providence my entire life, in the same house for 20 years and i've seen my neighborhood get "infected" by these people... screw them all!
Angry in Woonsocket

Holbrook, MA

#11 Jun 27, 2008
I'm really sick of the violence, drugs and corruption in Woonsocket. I'ts bad enough that you have look at the filth in the streets and delapated buildings and now more than ever look over your shoulder when you walk the streets. These kids need supervision. Teach them respect. Stop ignoring these problems. The community needs to come together and clean up Woonsocket. How about implementing a curfew like in Milford Ma. They take it seriously. Kids in Woonsocket roam the street all night long with little or no respect for anyone. They scream, swear, throw objects to be destructive. Where are their parents. Don't they care. Do they want this kind of tragedy to hit their family? I doubt it. Woonsocket Pay Attention and Take Responsibily. Be the nosey neighbor and report what is wrong. You do know right from wrong don't you?
Crimmins

Needham, MA

#12 Jun 27, 2008
A logical first step would definitely be the curfew. It would allow a sweep of the delinquent punks still trying to buck the law.

One part of the problem is lack of discipline, which starts at home. Sure, there are many from broken homes with no positive outlets. How about more work towards community centers that offer programs, sports, etc. later into the evening?

When the situation at home is sometimes worse than on the street, kids need options.
anonymous

Providence, RI

#13 Jun 27, 2008
NICOLE wrote:
to be honest i think u should really watch what u say bout things these are peoples children and family members you are talking about .. if that was someone in ur family who was shot to death or something you would demand the same respect iand if ur neighborhood is infested wit people like this and u dont like wtf move its that simple or learn to deal wit it
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move? deal with it? you must be a crackhead! why should law abiding citizens who work hard to make a living, want to live in nice home, raise their kids in a nice neighborhood have to change their ways to "deal" or "move away" so that they can allow all these gangbangers, crackheads, scum of society to take over their neighborhoods one street at a time... F*** it being scared of foreign terrorsim, al qaeda or whoever... we have our own psychos who are running around with guns shooting up people and causing trouble closer to home... if anyone else disagree with this... speak up now!
Woonoscket

Middletown, RI

#14 Jun 28, 2008
anonymous wrote:
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move? deal with it? you must be a crackhead! why should law abiding citizens who work hard to make a living, want to live in nice home, raise their kids in a nice neighborhood have to change their ways to "deal" or "move away" so that they can allow all these gangbangers, crackheads, scum of society to take over their neighborhoods one street at a time... F*** it being scared of foreign terrorsim, al qaeda or whoever... we have our own psychos who are running around with guns shooting up people and causing trouble closer to home... if anyone else disagree with this... speak up now!
For real Woonsocket isnt what you outsiders think it is yeah we have violence and killings but have you looked at the rest of the world??? The teen killed in woonsocket was my friend from school...its very very sad to see his life taken at only 17...Some kids just choose the wrong path too go down and there really isnt much a parent can do when things are already wrong...Take a step back and respect Brandon Smith's family and friends and think about what you say...cause you dont know a thing!
Woonoscket

Middletown, RI

#15 Jun 28, 2008
Woonsocket Resident wrote:
When will Woonsocket put an end to the Drug and Gang related violence in the city? This shooting according to words of the victims friends is gang related, by the gang called as the Outfitters. We need to all work together as neighbors to make the stand that this will not be tolerated. This is another sad ending to a 17 year old young mans life that should have not happened. Good Parenting is also needed across the whole country. If we as parents know what our child is doing we need to be a strong role model, giving positive influence in their lives.
When will they put an end to drug and gang related violence in the world?? think about that...
NICOLE from woonsocket

Riverside, RI

#16 Jun 28, 2008
Woonoscket wrote:
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For real Woonsocket isnt what you outsiders think it is yeah we have violence and killings but have you looked at the rest of the world??? The teen killed in woonsocket was my friend from school...its very very sad to see his life taken at only 17...Some kids just choose the wrong path too go down and there really isnt much a parent can do when things are already wrong...Take a step back and respect Brandon Smith's family and friends and think about what you say...cause you dont know a thing!

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Nikki from woonsocket ;; first of all, i was brandons friends you guys have no idea what your talking about. he was shot an killed for no reason. this is stupid it has nothign to do with the world, this is about stupid kids pulling stupid shit like this. MY FRIEND IS NOW GONE, because you people are to busy arguing! why dont you try and find out who the damn killer is, so he's not still out there. hmmm? think about it, how'd you like it if this was one of your friends, and all you see is people bickering, and nobody doing anything about who killed your friend?
Jo-Ann - Woonsocket

Cumberland, RI

#18 Jun 29, 2008
NICOLE wrote:
to be honest i think u should really watch what u say bout things these are peoples children and family members you are talking about .. if that was someone in ur family who was shot to death or something you would demand the same respect iand if ur neighborhood is infested wit people like this and u dont like wtf move its that simple or learn to deal wit it
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In a way you're wrong! People who want to live like animals deserve to be treated like animals and good honest citizens shouldn't have to pick up and move because of low-life scumbags!
anonymous

Providence, RI

#19 Jun 30, 2008
Jo-Ann - Woonsocket wrote:
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In a way you're wrong! People who want to live like animals deserve to be treated like animals and good honest citizens shouldn't have to pick up and move because of low-life scumbags!
Thank You!! AMEN!! and just 8:30 tonight there was late breaking news of gunfire down my street... check it out... corner of camden and chad brown... I remember years ago when I was younger and how I used to be able to walk down the street to the park and play soccer until sundown... I don't dare walk the streets around my neighborhood now after dark... too many psychos, hoodlums out there... if tonight's event turns out to be gang related or something stupid like that be sure to hear back from me...
Hello

United States

#20 Jun 30, 2008
Is anybody out there?
Mindy

Hampton, NH

#21 Jul 1, 2008
anonymous wrote:
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move? deal with it? you must be a crackhead! why should law abiding citizens who work hard to make a living, want to live in nice home, raise their kids in a nice neighborhood have to change their ways to "deal" or "move away" so that they can allow all these gangbangers, crackheads, scum of society to take over their neighborhoods one street at a time... F*** it being scared of foreign terrorsim, al qaeda or whoever... we have our own psychos who are running around with guns shooting up people and causing trouble closer to home... if anyone else disagree with this... speak up now!
I agree that Nicole must be a crackhead or something. It is unbelievable that someone would say "deal with it or move away". If that's her way of thinking then why doesn't she just overdose and kill herself and get it over with?

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