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Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Community concert planned in response to Beloit shootings

Written by  CSI Media news staff

BELOIT -- In response to last week’s shooting that killed a Beloit teen, The Rev. Navana Winston is organizing Beloit Strong: Strengthening Our Community, a free concert and community event to be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Summit Park, 1218 Henry Ave.

The free event is geared to helping strengthen the community, according to the BeloitStrong Facebook page. The free concert features Eddie James and will include free food, refreshments and activities for your kids.

A worship service will be held afterward at New Life Ministries, 1400 Harvey St.

Two separate deadly shooting incidents within a week has heightened community concern.

Police were called about 12:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 to the 500 block of Eight Street for a report of a man down who had been shot.

Hykyme Hayes, 20, of Beloit was declared dead Thursday morning at a Janesville hospital. He was the second person from Beloit to die from gunshot wounds in less than a week.

The shooting comes on the heels of a 16-year-old Beloit teenager who was shot and killed Saturday evening, Aug. 2, in a park on Beloit’s east side. A 14-year-old girl and 18-year-old male also were shot.

Beloit police spent the week interviewing witnesses.

The daily post on the police department's Facebook page summed up the community frustration over the shootings.

"I know people will talk about the violence in Beloit," read the post. "They should be angry. We should be angry. Please know that many of these are isolated occurrences. Not random acts of violence. We are working hard to get the suspects picked up before there is more violence."

The killing Saturday was Beloit’s sixth homicide this year, five by gunfire.

Jose Carruthers-Paramo died in the shooting a week ago Saturday, and a fourth person was injured in the incident, but not from gunfire.

City of Beloit police officers, along with law enforcement from surrounding agencies responded about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, to reports of shots being fired at Summit Park, 1218 Henry Ave., in the city of Beloit.

Authorities discovered two males on the scene who had been shot and a third male had been injured.

The two shooting victims were transported by the Beloit Fire Department to Mercy Hospital in Janesville for treatment. The third subject, who also had been injured during the incident, was transported by the Beloit Fire Department to Beloit Memorial Hospital for treatment.

An additional shooting victim later arrived at Beloit Memorial Hospital the night of the incident and was identified and interviewed. Due to her age she will not be identified beyond a 14-year-old female from Beloit, according to a police department news release.

The other shooting victim was identified as Tyrice Somersett, 18, of Madison.

The victim that had been reported injured during the incident and treated at Beloit Memorial hospital is Robert Brandon, 20, of Madison.

The circumstances that led up to the shooting remain unclear, according to police. They have interviewed a number of individuals that were present in the park at the time of the incident and are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying anyone that may have been in the park that night or individuals that have any information regarding the shooting.

On June 27, a Janesville man was injured in a shooting at the same park. The other homicides this year are:

• July 20, Jennifer Falcon, 44, was found shot near the intersection of Woodward and White avenues.

• May 22, Jeffrey Hardnett, 25, Beloit, was pronounced dead after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in the 1400 block of Hull Avenue. A 26-year-old Beloit man also was treated for a single gunshot wound.

• May 11, Sheila Rosenbaum, 47, died after she was run over by her van in the 900 block of 10th Street. Christopher Rutherford, 40, has been charged with homicide.

• April 25, Edward Damont Haley, 36, of Beloit was found dead lying dead in the 2011 block of Newark Road shortly after midnight.

• April 25, Raymond Holloway, 20, died after being shot near Highland and Eighth street.

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