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Near West Side Neighborhood Mourns After Fatal Shooting

Signs with “Cease the Hate” and “Cure Violence” filled the windows of the old Welcome Inn in Syracuse’s Near East Side. (c) 2017 Peter Levchuck

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Near West Side Neighborhood Mourns After Fatal Shooting

A homicide in one of Syracuse's neighborhoods brings a community together not only to mourn the loss of Naqual Bloodworth, but also to keep their street's safe.

by Peter Levchuck SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) A Syracuse community continues to grieve after a young man died after being shot in Syracuse’s Near West Side.

Friends, family, and other members of the neighborhood gathered Tuesday morning at the 500 block of Gifford Street. The victim, Naqual Bloodworth, 21, was shot just after 10:40 p.m.

Police were still on the scene into the afternoon controlling the area as well as helping console those affected by the homicide.

Bloodworth’s death is Syracuse’s third homicide of the year. Before his death, 83 days had passed since the last homicide-related death, which was the longest time between homicides in the city of Syracuse for the past five years.

However, Bloodworth’s death has inspired members of the Syracuse community to take action against gun violence. Among the people at the crime scene Tuesday morning were members of OG’s Against Violence, a Syracuse-based advocacy group that protests against gun violence throughout the city.

Near West Side residents have also taken to local landmarks to protest against Monday night’s shooting. The windows of The Welcome Inn, a once-popular Ukrainian bar and restaurant located two blocks away from the crime scene, were filled with posters containing messages of sorrow and calling for an end to violence in the neighborhood.

Police are still searching for information regarding Bloodworth’s death.