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Web letter: Reducing murder rate depends on community

I was recently selected for jury duty in Allen County for a murder trial. I keep having visions in my head of the autopsy pictures showing a young black man riddled with nine bullet holes lying on the cold metal table.

Each day it seems that more senseless murders are happening in our city. There are a few things I must say to the people our community and the duty they have, just like the duty I had as a juror.

There would have been no trial if it were not for one man (we listened to more than 16 witnesses). He was the first witness called to testify. His name was Oster, a true gentlemen and hero.

Oster had seen the killer around for more than three years hanging out and causing trouble. The killer did not work, just went from house to house watching TV, stealing and whatever else he was involved in. Many people knew this punk but, out of fear, always looked the other way.

Finally one day, the killer made a poor decision, and Oster watched it all from his garage window. The killer ran after a young black man and riddled him with bullets. The victim tried to get up and shield his face, and the killer then shot his wrist and hands.

It is time that people think about Oster and what he did to put a criminal behind bars for 55 to 65 years. Stop turning a blind eye and start putting these killers away. They do not just appear out of nowhere, kill someone and then head to another city. They live where you live.

Please people, let’s take some lessons from Oster and become responsible citizens and stop this madness!

JOYCE OETTING Fort Wayne

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