Police Investigate City's 49th Homicide

October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM EDT

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October 14, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The death toll in the City of Buffalo is rising, two murders in less than 24 hours.

"It's very scary," said Dwayne, whose family lives near the scene of one of the murders. He did not want to give us his last name to ensure his family's security.

Thursday's shooting brought the city's number of homicides to 49 already this year, and that number just plain unacceptable to community leaders like Reverend Darius Pridgen.

"It can never, never, ever be routine to accept homicides or murders, or crime," said Ravened Darius Pridgen.

The latest shooting happened on the 100 block of Poultney Street on Buffalo's east side. An unidentified 20-year-old man was gunned down in broad daylight at 12:30 p.m.

One neighbor reported hearing three gun shots and a car skidding off. The shooting turning the once peaceful neighborhood into a war zone.

"When I first moved over here it was a beautiful neighborhood it still is beautiful its just you know, we got knuckle head kids running around that's all you know but it changed a whole lot you know," said Dwayne.

And yesterday police responded to the scene of an apparent drive by shooting. Twenty-year-old Lawrence Hairston shot and killed while standing outside near the 200 block of Mulberry Street in the Fruit Belt area. Not much information has been released about the victims but both not living to see their 21st birthdays.

"The statistics show us most of the people who commit violent crimes have eight grade to ninth grade or less a reading level or education often," said Reverend Darius Pridgen.

Pridgen along with other community leaders organized a week long prayer service and campaign for peace called "Enough is Enough" passing out cards with the 10 commandments to stop the violence. It's this kind of education reverend Pridgen hopes will help end this cycle of crime.

"We've got this undereducated class that is outside with no hope, but once they get in trouble one time if they get a felony so much of the world shuts down for them they just continue in this life of crime, we've got to stop it," said Reverend Pridgen.

Police are still investigating these murders and asking anyone with information to contact the confidential tip line that number 716-847-2255.