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D.C. Leaders Speak Out At Funerals Of SE Teens

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William Jones and Devaughn Boyd were buried Tuesday after being killed during one of the city's worst shooting in 16 years.
Elliott Francis
William Jones and Devaughn Boyd were buried Tuesday after being killed during one of the city's worst shooting in 16 years.

By Elliott Francis

Friends and family of the teen-aged victims of last week's shooting are burying them this week. The mourners include city leaders who are offering solutions for the problems which led to the violence.

19-year old William Jones and 18-year old Devaughn Boyd were buried just hours apart. Both, just one day after the burial of 17-year old Tavon Nelson.

20-year old Ryan Woodard lives in southeast. He says breaking this cycle is tough without necessary resources.

"They shut down the rec. centers and there's nowhere to go to so they going to have to expect something to happen," says Woodard.

Mayor Adrian Fenty says some of the answers lie in education supplements.

"There are other things we can do like after-school programs, GED, job training, job placement. We're prepared to do all that," says Fenty.

City council chair Vincent Gray who is challenging Fenty in the fall primary, takes it one step further.

"If we don't put money into job training to give people a sense of hope, we're going to continue to have these horrific experiences," says Gray,

The final funeral for 16-year old Brishell Jones is planned for later today.


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