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NAACP Calls for Peace Days After Teen Murdered

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield chapter of the NAACP held a press conference Wednesday in response to the recent murder of 17-year-old Jeffrey Wellington.

Denise Williams, President of the Springfield Chapter says parents need to start knowing where their kids are, "I want to go back to the old days, it's 10 o' clock, do you know where your kids are?"

Williams recites an old PSA that used to air for parents, reinforcing the importance of knowing where your kids are.

"We need to grab our boys and girls off the streets," she said.

The NAACP, Springfield Police Chief, Springfield City Schools Superintendent, the mayor and other leaders attended the press conference.

They hope to send the message of knowing where your kids are.

Federal and local agents are searching for their main suspect, Tyrin Hawkins, 17.

Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody says he will go after anyone helping Hawkins hide, "I would once again say to the family of Tyrin Hawkins and to Tyrin himself, turn yourself in. He needs to step up at this point in time," he said.

Chief Moody says they have received many tips with the publics help.

Wellington was a junior with dozens of offers from colleges to play football.

"My sons shooter knew he had a future," said Wellington's mother, Lakisha Cole.

Moody says he stands united with NAACP and they are working towards gun control initiatives in the city.



 
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