Violence makes some want to move out of city

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Some people don’t want to live here anymore because they say the violence makes them fear for their lives.  

Two people were shot within 24 hours of each other, and both died. On Tuesday, 33-year old Cedric Halthon was shot and killed on Sherman near Fairchild. 25-year old Roosevelt Anderson died Thursday afternoon after being shot in the head on Wednesday near Fair Oaks apartment complex. 

One person says he hears gunshots go off at night regularly, not mistaking them for fireworks. He says his friend now has bulletholes in his car after a shooting nearby. 

There are many people who have remained committed to staying in Danville and combating violence in the city. But one man says he doesn’t feel safe anymore and wants to get out. Safety is one reason he asked for his identity to be protected.

He says, “You have to watch your back everywhere around here. When you go somewhere you’re worried. You don’t want to be worried when you go places. You want to be able to shop in peace. It’s America, we’re in the middle of the United States, the most powerful country in the world and yet you can’t go shopping here. There’s violence all over the streets.”

Mayor Rickey Williams says, “It’s unfortunate, but there’s violence everywhere. I haven’t given up on improving the safety of the city. I encourage people to stay in Danville.” 

No arrests have been made in the two most recent shootings and police are still investigating.

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