PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One person is dead following a weekend of violence in Rhode Island’s capital city.
Police said three people were stabbed and another four were shot – one fatally – in two days.
Eyewitness News spoke with members of the community who work to make the streets of Providence safer for residents.
“Come the summer months this happens very often,” said Kobi Dennis, leader of the volunteer organization Unified Solutions, which has helped implement community programs like the Midnight Basketball League.
Kiplagott Stewart Jr., 22, was shot while sitting on a Hartford Avenue porch Saturday. Police confirmed Monday night that he died from his injuries.
“Basketball was pretty much, is – excuse me – pretty much Kip’s life and that’s pretty much what everybody knows him from – basketball,” Dennis said.
Another shooting on Health Avenue Sunday afternoon left two women wounded. The suspect, 21-year-old Jimmy Seth, is still at large.
For youth like Noel Frias, a recent graduate of Classical High School, knowing how to stay safe is key – especially in the summer months.
“I know where to walk and not walk,” Friars said. “When not to walk and why I shouldn’t be walking there, and the biggest thing is just knowing who you hang out with.”
He said he believes more community programs are needed to keep the city streets safe.
Police said they are still investigating the crimes that happened over the weekend and will be stepping up patrols.
Stewart’s death marks the third homicide in Providence this year. No arrests have been made yet.