Community takes part in National Night Out

Communities across the country and in the Hudson Valley took back their streets as part of America's night out against crime.

National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to raise awareness, prevent crime and improve relations between police and the public.

Yonkers law enforcement and people living in the city joined with millions of others across the country Tuesday to take part in the effort.

The event comes as investigators are trying to solve two murders that happened within days of each other. Last Thursday, 28-year-old Carlos Patricio, of Mount Vernon, was celebrating a friend?s birthday on Lawrence Street, when he was fatally shot in the head.

Early Saturday morning, 15-year-old Steven Saez was gunned down at a building on Purser Place, in what police are calling a dispute between two rival gangs.

Saez?s family insists the teen was not a member of any gang, and says that he was simply at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

No arrests have been made in either murder, and police say the two are not connected.

To watch extended footage from the National Night Out in Newburgh, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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