Mt. Vernon still 'unsafe' after recent killings, some say
The family of slain teenager Shomari Knox is offering a cash reward for tips about the person who killed the 19-year-old on Wednesday.
The family will reward a tipster with $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer.
While Knox's family grieves over the sudden loss, Mount Vernon police placed a command center on South 9th Avenue to keep a watchful eye on a community that has suffered seven homicides this year.
"I don't think it's safe in Mount Vernon anymore," says Ally Mohammad.
Another community member doesn't know how successful the efforts of the command post have been.
"It's been going on for a long time. It's not safe. My friend lives [nearby] and I get more worried by the day what's going on," says James Cleveland.
Friends still come by the scene of the murder where a memorial to Knox continues to grow. A wake and funeral is planned for Knox on Tuesday and Wednesday in Mount Vernon.