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The following is a statement on behalf of the Romain family, who had four members of its family shot on the porch of their home this past weekend.

First, we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during what has been a horrific time for our family, the families of the other victims, and anyone who cares about and loves our City.

On Sunday, August 9, 2014, four of our family members were shot, three critically injured, in an explosion of gunfire that has left us horrified and heartsick.

Like so many before us, our family members were innocent victims, bystanders, sitting on their front porch, enjoying a late summer evening with family and friends. That evening, two persons lost their lives. Today, three of our family members remain hospitalized. The two youngest surviving victims are 2 and 4 years old. The two year old has suffered serious brain injuries. The four year will be permanently blind for the rest of his life.

We are trying to make sense of something that is senseless. We are trying to understand something for which there is really no understanding.

This City belongs to us, the law-abiding and tax paying citizens who live, work, and raise our families here, not the criminals. These senseless killings and shootings have to stop. How many other families have to go through what we're going through before this ends?

We greatly appreciate all the concern and love which has been shown to us and the other families during this time. We also request that our privacy be respected as we deal with the new reality of the challenges our children are facing and focus our attention and energy to their healing.

We urge anyone who has any information about this terrible event to please contact the police so that the people who are responsible are held accountable for their actions.

Wayne J. Romain, Sr. On behalf of the
Romain Family

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