Kearns community sounds off about gang violence

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KEARNS, Utah (ABC4 News) – After a violent week of gang-related shootings in Kearns, on Thursday night hundreds of people gathered to voice their frustrations.

They came to Kearns High School on Thursday night with questions — and concerns.

“It’s not right for my kids, it’s not right for me, it’s not right for my husband, it’s not right,” said Bobbie Davis, a Kearns resident who lives near the drive-by shooting Tuesday night that ended when a getaway truck smashed into an innocent couple, killing them.

“This is ridiculous. We don’t wanna live like this,” added Davis.

“It’s frightening. It’s scary,” said Davis.

People stepped up to the microphones Thursday night to speak at police and the Salt Lake County Sheriff.

“I want to make sure that my children are living in a safe environment. That they can go outside and play. And they’re not worried at 7:30 in the evening that they’re going to get shot,” said one woman.

Just before 7:30 on Tuesday night, police say Tami Woodard and her fiancé Lloyd Pace were killed after a truck leaving a drive-by shooting struck their vehicle.

Pace and Woodard were on their way home — just three minutes from their house.

On Thursday night, Unified Police told those assembled that they are ramping up their presence in Kearns. They also said gang violence isn’t just an issue in Kearns, and that the four people arrested after Tuesday’s shooting were major players in the gang scene. 

“We are here to support you, we are here to make you safe,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke with Unified Police.

“At this point, I feel pretty confident that we got the major players that have been giving Kearns such a hard time the last couple weeks,” added Lohrke.

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