A flurry of violence in Dallas over the weekend left at least seven people dead. Since Thursday, 21 shootings have been reported – including that of rapper Boosie Badazz, who was shot Saturday in a parking lot.
The city of Dallas has recorded 218 homicides through Sunday, which surpasses the total for all of 2019.
Two people were fatally struck outside a bar near Dallas Love Field on Sunday morning, a 43-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting in the 4900 block of S. Denley Drive just before 2 p.m., Dallas police said. He was later identified as 43-year-old Terrance Wayne Reed.
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Two additional people were shot and killed in the 9100 block Jennie Lee Lane Sunday night. Police sad a 30-year-old woman was shot dead while chasing after the gunman who fatally shot her 49-year-old father.
“It’s difficult to understand, it is difficult to understand what people’s minds are going through and why they feel like they need to turn to violence,” said Melinda Rodriguez, whose brother was killed last month.
For victim’s families, ongoing violence is a constant reminder of their own loss. Enrique Santos, Rodriguez's brother, was hit by a car and later died. The driver fled the scene and has not been found.
“I just hope and pray other families don’t go through what I’m going through with unnecessary violence,” said Don Glasco, whose son was shot and killed in October.
Glasco said he believes investigators need to do more, especially when it comes to gun violence, to find the people driving the crime. Until then, he worries more families will feel like his.
“I really lost something that can never be replaced,” he said.