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Birmingham council expresses sadness over 6 recent homicides

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Source: WBRC video The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham City Council is expressing their sadness after six people were killed in the last week.

"This weekend it's hard to be happy. I guess that is all I can say this weekend before I start crying," Valerie Abbott, Birmingham City Councilwoman said.

Two people were killed in Abbott's district: a 50-year-old man walking with his wife in George Ward Park and a 70-year-old woman killed during an apparent burglary.

Mayor William Bell told the council he was informed about every homicide that took place over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

"I don't want anyone to think I'm nonchalant, don't think it seriously. Being head of the city's police department is the most important job of the mayor," Bell said.

A Sunday night shooting involving two motorycle clubs left two dead. Bell asked the council to look into the matter.

"I would like for the public safety committee to take up this issue about biker clubs. There are number of them across the city. This is the second incident we have had in the last year," Bell said.

Councilman Stephen Hoyt heads the public safety committee. Hoyt agreed they will look into biker clubs and possible regulations. But, Hoyt believes the city can take other steps.

"It's too dark in this city and we need to light it up. There are lot of things we can do. Trees are obscuring lighting." Hoyt said.

Many on the council agree increasing the police force is not the answer.

"I think the more people have jobs the more opportunity they have. The more opportunity they to seek higher education. That is when we start changing the community," Johnathan Austin, Birmingham City Council President, said.

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