A McCaskey High School student is working with city officials to plan an anti-violence event for Lancaster’s young people, according to Jess King, Mayor Danene Sorace’s chief of staff.
The student — who wants to be anonymous for now, King said — met Wednesday with Milzy Carrasco, director of neighborhood engagement, police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser and a few police officers.
The group is in the early stages of planning, but wants to hold an event later this summer that’s “a way to get young people involved to give feedback and talk to each other about stemming violence in the city,” King said after the meeting.
Benjamin Ramos, 16, died June 13 after being stabbed. On Sunday, 44-year-old Anthony Marshall died from a gunshot wound, and a 25-year-old man was injured in the same incident. Since the end of April, two others have been killed by gunfire: 31-year-old Tony Torrellas and 22-year-old Tyreek Gardner.
“The violence that is happening on the streets is disproportionately impacting young people,” King said.
A message from Sorace and city council was posted to the city government’s Facebook page Tuesday night.
“We are heartbroken and angry about the violence on our streets and our thoughts are with the Ramos & Marshall families. All of us want it to stop,” the post said.
The city will announce any events through its website and social media pages.