Community Members Concerned Over Recent Rash of Violence

December 12, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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December 12, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Several local leaders in Buffalo have called an emergency meeting to deal, with what they are calling, a rise in violent crime. This comes after a double homicide Tuesday morning. These murders mark the 45th and 46th of the year, 12 more than deaths than this time last year.

The double shooting happened on the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue. Shameka Harris, 38 and her boyfriend Josh Eaton, 23, were shot while sitting in a taxi. They were taken to ECMC where they died of their injuries.

Harris leaves behind four children. Both families say they are devastated by this tragedy.

"He was a great person. He was very outgoing. I never knew him to cause any trouble with anybody. He was harmless," Friend of victim Shani Gaymon.

Police are still searching for the suspects in this shooting. If you have information call or text the Buffalo Police confidential tip line at 847-2255.

That emergency meeting is being held this morning and will involve several lawmakers and anti-violence groups. It will be held at the 400 block of Minnesota at Bailey Avenue near where the shooting took place. That meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.