BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Brunswick city officials are planning a town hall meeting to hear concerns from residents after the killing of a toddler, who was gunned down as his mother walked him down a city sidewalk.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the community along Georgia’s coast, The Brunswick News reported.
City Commissioner Cornell Harvey said the meeting will be a chance for the public to come together, voice concerns and get answers from law enforcement officials handling the case.
“We want to let people know that we are concerned about what’s happened in the community,” Harvey said. A healing process needs to take place, he said.
“We don’t like what’s going on, but we have to deal with what’s going on,” Harvey added. “We may not all agree on what should be or what is, but at least we’ll know exactly how everyone feels about it.”
The toddler, 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, was killed March 21 in a shooting that also wounded his mother, Sherry West. Two teenagers are facing murder charges in the crime, which authorities have described as an attempted robbery.
Commissioner Julie Martin says she wants people to know about the efforts the city has undertaken to fight crime and encourage residents to let the city “become a front porch community, as much as we can.”
Along with city commissioners, Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering and representatives from other law enforcement agencies are expected to attend Thursday’s meeting.
Information from: The Brunswick News.