Wednesday , June 19 2024

Community Stands With Slain 9 Year Old's Family

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<div>Community leaders rallied at Cornerstone Church in Fresno Thursday taking a stand against gang violence. <br /><br />The mother of nine year old Janessa Ramirez retold the story of how her daughter died just 11 days ago. They were standing in front of a laundromat when they heard gunshots. Janessa was hit by a stray bullet. <br /><br />&quot;Then she grabbed my hand really tight and she goes Mommy, Mommy. And I go yes baby and she goes I love you. And she just closed her eyes and she was gone,&quot; Stacey Gonzales said. <br /><br />Residents, faith leaders, city council members and law enforcement all gathered at Cornerstone Church. <br /><br />Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says he has not experienced anything like the loss of Janessa in his career. <br /><br />&quot;Closing that casket on Saturday will be forever in my mind and it continue to cause me to burn with passion,&quot; Dyer said. <br /><br />Dyer is committed to finding whoever is responsible for Janessa’s death.<br /><br />Local leaders say stopping gang violence takes the work of the entire community. The show of support at the church Thursday is a huge step.<br /><br />&quot;The truth is no matter how many votes we take or how good a job Chief Dyer does and his crew policing our streets it takes much much more than that,&quot; Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau said. <br /><br />Gonzales says she has forgiven whoever took her daughters life. Now she is moving forward with the help of her faith.<br /><br />&quot;Let’s stop the violence. Let’s all come together as brothers and sisters in Christ, find Christ, find your peace and love and just help each other through everything,&quot; Gonzales said. <br /></div></div>

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