Pierre McCoy Death – The Union-Miles neighborhood is grieving the passing of teenager Pierre McCoy, who passed away on Tuesday while students were leaving the John Adams College and Career Academy in full daylight. Around 3 p.m., McCoy, 18, was fatally shot while waiting at the bus stop outside the school. According to a Wednesday morning announcement from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, John Adams was closed that day and grief counselors were on hand to speak with both students and faculty. Last night, Mayor Justin Bibb was informed of the student’s shooting.
Speaking on a panel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Bibb said that he had been informed of the shooting via phone on Tuesday. He stated that in order to confront gun violence, the nation needs both a national campaign and a national moment. Kevin L. Bishop, a council member whose ward 2 encompasses the school, said parents and community members should reach out to children because they are all going through trauma from seeing and hearing about gun violence. “This is happening all too often,” Bishop said. “We just have to come to some way where we can reach out to our young folks to let them know that gun violence is not the answer to their problems.”
When school is out, he claimed that police, the school system, and the city can cooperate to ensure that pupils can get home safely. Although the neighborhood has dealt with occasional crime, Bishop said, residents are not used to frequent gun violence involving young people. About a mile north of the high school, he added, a teen was fatally shot outside the Earle B. Turner Recreation Center last month. In order to move past these shootings and feel comfortable in their community, he claimed that community members need assistance and should speak with experts and other people.
Some of her neighbors in Union-Miles have been in their homes for decades, and some are multi-generational homes, according to Carol Malone, a resident of the neighborhood and the creator of a podcast highlighting locals who are bringing about change in their communities. She sometimes watches kids on her street play and ride their bikes, she said. “They’re like everyone else in every community,” Malone said of her community. “You just want to be able to make a decent living for yourself, take care of your family, have a healthy environment where you feel free and safe to walk about your community. And be happy.”
On Wednesday, Cleveland Documenter and Union-Miles resident Marvetta Rutherford took Signal Cleveland on a tour of the area. After learning about the shooting and noticing a police presence in the area on Tuesday afternoon, Samone Robinson, the owner of Samone’s Kitchen across the street from the high school, expressed her fear. Samone and LC Robinson, her husband and co-owner of the restaurant, said the community has embraced them and everyone in her restaurant has been kind and respectful. The young men who patronize the restaurant sometimes call Samone Robinson “auntie,” she said. “It makes me feel accepted.”
On July 28, they opened the takeout restaurant. Robinson stated that she wants the wall of her business that faces the main street to display a motivating message for passersby. Robinson stated, “I’m trying to figure out what more I can do as far as positivity in the area. “I’m going to have some artwork put up on this blank canvas over here on the side, but I’m trying to get the right words up there,” the speaker said.
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