COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The mayor of Columbus reflects on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and asks Columbus' youth to avoid gun violence.
“These were senseless acts of gun violence that should never have occurred,” Mayor Robert Smith said.
He also reflects on a recent shooting that claimed the life of 16-year-old Arykah White.
“This 16-year-old student at Columbus High School lost her life because of gun violence."
Smith said gun violence is not the answer to resolve a situation.
“It is mandatory that these drive-by shootings in cars and homes stop immediately. If not, we will be dealing with another tragic death,” Smith continued.
The mayor urges parents to help make these changes.