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Council looks for solutions after shooting

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BAKER - City leaders called on the community to come together after a triple murder in Baker.

The murders prompted the city council to call a special meeting to look for solutions in stopping violence.

Council President Joyce Burges called last weekend's shooting a wake-up call for the council, police and churches. She said they're all responsible for protecting their kids.

The shooting happened at a birthday party Friday night, at the Baker Civic Club. The club provided its own security.

The council is looking at city ordinances to see if rules on parties need to be changed. Burges stressed a curfew, but Police Chief Mike Knapps says that's premature. The pastor of victim, Diantrey Claiborne agrees. Pastor Thomas Bessix says it's time to get to work, and it starts at home.

"So I'm going to encourage parents to get nosey, to get in their kids business if they have a Facebook page know the passcode and check the Facebook, check Twitter, check Instagram. If they won't give you the code then cancel the account," said Bessix.

Police are investigating any gang connections, security arrangements and the club owner.

Kendal Dorsey's funeral is, Saturday, April 5, at 4pm, at Promiseland Baptist Church.

Marcell Franklin's visitation is at Miller & Daughter Mortuary, Thursday, April 3, from 3-7pm. Visitation resumes at Greater New Hope B.C., Friday, April 4, at 9am until religious service at 11am conducted by her great-great-uncle, Rev. Nathaniel Thomas.

The next Baker City Council meeting is Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30pm.


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