On Tuesday night, friends and family members of a Hartford father who died after being shot in the back gathered to remember him.
Family and friends said they are sad they lost a loved one, but they're also angry that this kind of crime is happening over and over again in the capital city.
It was an emotional night in Hartford in what has become a very violent year.
Miguel Perez, 34, was the city's 10th homicide victim this year.
He was shot in the back near Hamilton Street and Brookfield Street last week.
He was a driver for a ride-sharing app and he drove his car into a fire hydrant after he was shot, but police haven't said if he was working when he was killed.
“Our family is broken. He didn't deserve to die. He leaves behind a son, an eight-year-old,” said Lindsay Fernandez, Perez’s cousin.
Murders are down slightly in the city compared to this time last year. This time last year, there were 12 homicides, compared to the 10 homicide this year.
Police are stepping up patrols, and the city is spending more on community programs to stem the violence.
People who live in rough Hartford neighborhoods like Will Franklin say the problem has no easy fix.
He believes much of the bloodshed is tied to a vicious cycle of poverty.
“When you're born into certain circumstances and you don't have the help that's is required to get you out of that situation you are going to make decisions based on the situation that you are in. You're going to do it,” said Franklin.
At the vigil site, Fernandez pleaded for more peaceful streets.
She hopes increased resources can play a role, but one thing she and Will agree on is that, whether it comes to solving Perez’s murder or creating safer streets the folks who live there, they will have to rely on each other.
“I'm just asking anyone knows anything to come forward and speak up and bring justice to our family,” said Fernandez.
Police are still investigating Perez's murder.
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