MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile police Sergeant expressed the department’s outrage over the murders that happened in Mobile this year during a news conference about a 14-year-old who was killed Tuesday night.

On May 31, 2022, a 14-year-old girl was shot and killed at Michael Donald Avenue in Mobile. Lamonyae Forrest, 18, and a 16-year-old were arrested in connection with Ciara Jackson’s murder. Forrest claimed the death of Ciara was “accidental” while being escorted to Mobile Metro Jail. Afterward, Sgt. John Young held a news conference to discuss the murder.

Sgt. Young expressed frustration seeing so many young lives lost to gun violence. He asked, “when is enough, enough?”

“This is the 23rd homicide of the year it is heartbreaking to me personally. Ciara’s 14. She died on the street named after Michael Donald who was the last known lynching by the Ku Klux Klan in 1980. 40 years later, more innocent blood is shed on that street, that is supposed to memorialize the death sacrificed. A black girl is gunned down on that street by a black man is disgusting, there I said it.”

On Monday, May 30, an 11-year-old was fatally shot at the R.V. Taylor Plaza. A spokesperson from the Mobile Housing Authority said Lequinten Morrissette was inside his own home when he was shot and killed. That means that two children were murdered in Mobile within two days. At 23 homicides halfway through the year, Sgt. Young is calling for change.

“We need to figure out, young black men why are you always grabbing weapons to solve these problems? Not all, but the incidents I just named are. Why? There must be a better solution than killing somebody. There has to be a better solution.”

Sgt. Young

At the end of the news conference, Sgt. Young suggested that local colleges and universities study and do research into homicides, family history, crime history and more. He ended the conference with “It’s high damn time somebody said something about it.”