Neighbors come together to learn ways to stop the violence

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A local church is working to unite communities, while at the same time, a north Columbus family desperately looks for answers after a senseless murder.

Community leaders are looking for ways to break that cycle of violence.

“Oh man, I hope something can be done. Something has got to be done,” Amanda Lovely said.  

The pain is still fresh for 82-year-old Amanda Lovely.

It's been three tough months since she lost the grandson she raised, just steps from his childhood home.

“He almost made it home,” Lovely said. “It was around the corner, almost made it home.”  

Near Myrtle Avenue and Marcia Drive on January 6 on the city's northeast side, 30-year-old Eddie Lovely was found shot multiple times in the middle of the street. Police say he was attacked from behind.

“He was just a sweet person. He didn't bother anybody,” Lovely said.   

But the questions remain: why?

“Who did it, and for what reason? He was a good guy,” Eddie’s aunt, Janet Lovely said. “We don't even know why he got killed. It's a mystery.”

Desperate for answers, the family hired a private investigator who they say is preparing to hit the streets – searching for any clues that may lead to Eddie's killer.

“We want closure. Right now we're on pins and needles and trying to find out who did what, and it's wrecking the family,” Janet said.

At Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, hundreds come out to hear from city leaders about breaking the cycle of violence in the community. 

Church leaders say they recognize fundamental changes have to happen to stop the senseless violence, like developing jobs in the community, and educating young people about opportunities.

Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs alongside leaders from across the city answer the questions that people in the community want answers to.

“The killing needs to stop. It's too many getting killed, these young males and females getting killed in the streets,” Janet said.  

“Killing up the young boys, I don't understand that. I don't know who doing it, who doing this,” Amanda said. “But I wish they would stop. I wish they would stop.”

The family is meeting with the private investigator next week.  They say they remain in contact with Columbus police.