Re: Mothers Fight, 6.26.02
Wednesday 24 July @ 11:36:07
The staff at Hennepin/ Powderhorn Partners share the community's distress at the events on June 12 when a 13-year-old allegedly beat a man to death. We also believe it's necessary to address the inaccuracies in your coverage of the event, “Fighting to save a neighborhood.”
We would have liked to attend the June 4 West Powderhorn community meeting to discuss neighborhood violence, but we received short notice and were unable to attend.
We were contacted by a neighbor of the family of the 13-year-old accused of the crime and asked to reach out to this family. Two of our staff visited the home, but finding no one home, they planned to return at a later date.Unfortunately, during that time, this terrible tragedy occurred.
A life has been lost, and we are all the less for it.
These tragedies can divide us or they can make us stronger. We are committed to working in and with the community. We all share a concern for children and families and want a safe community. We will continue to examine our operations and procedures to try to ensure a constructive and appropriate response when we are contacted with concerns. The issues are complicated and the stakes are high, so we must do all we can to respond.
We welcome community involvement. If anyone has questions or concerns, please call me at Powderhorn Partners at 728-7502.
Powderhorn Partners Program Director