Toledo police chief calls on community to help deter local violence

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - Toledo's police chief said "enough is enough" following Tuesday's double homicide involving two teenage victims.

Chief George Kral called the murders of Gregory Stone and Deiyana Porter "cold blooded" and "tragic." Both victims were shot and killed while sitting in a truck on Brighton Ave. on Tuesday.

As of now, no suspects have been arrested.

In a statement posted on TPD's Facebook page, Kral said "this is a community problem that cannot be solved without community action. Please get involved in making our city safer. If you know something, say something."

The chief also recommends becoming involved in neighborhood Block Watch programs.

Kral added gun violence is a serious concern locally and nationally. The chief said in his post, overall shooting incidents and overall crime "remain down in the City of Toledo this year compared to 2016 and 2015. Toledo police officers have put themselves in harm's way by seizing almost 1,000 firearms in 2017."

The STOP program, which focuses on targeted enforcement and community outreach, has led to 394 arrests, 3,582 community contacts and 53 school visits.

"I want to thank you for your continued support in the fight against crime. We receive numerous crime tips daily and appreciate those who already devote much of their time to help the department in our efforts. Together we will stop these senseless homicides in our community."

So far in Toledo in 2017, a total of 34 homicides have been investigated.