Community members react to recent shootings

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Just a day after the city of Huntington’s unprecedented twentieth homicide, community members are talking. 

“It’s a tale of two cities. Huntington is a tale of two cities,” Jason Epps, a resident of Huntington for almost three years, said. “I mean it’s beautiful, and all the people I met are great. And I know that there are problems here and I know that we’re facing some murder issues but any place is like that.”

Epps isn’t the only resident who feels that way. Aaron Ward, who moved back to Huntington last October, says he loves Huntington but wants to see some changes. 

“I would like to see them bring back the police bring back the fire because that is the root of safety in this town,” Ward said. “When I grew up here I didn’t feel like I would have to lock up the house or lock up my cars. But, I was here three months and I left my garage door open one night – and that one night – I had a pistol and some binoculars and some other things stolen out of my garage.”

Epps says this city is where he’s supposed to be. “We moved here on purpose,” Epps said. “Ever since I moved to West Virginia I’ve always heard about how bad Huntington is and how crappy Huntington is. I drove down here to visit a friend in the hospital one day and I just fell in love with the place.”

Ward says progress for the city isn’t going to be easy. “There’s no simple solution for it. I don’t believe there’s money for it. But we need the police presence to help keep those accountable for what they’re doing.”

The Huntington Police Department released it’s plan to combat crime in the city Wednesday night at a special city council meeting.  

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