As violence continues to grow, so does the number of homicides in Fairfield. In response, city and school leaders in Fairfield are planning to put their heads together in an effort to prevent violence in the city and schools.
The Fairfield-Suisun School Board and the Fairfield City Council will hold a joint study session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the school board room, 2490 Hillborn Road in Fairfield. During the session, the civic leaders will look at youth violence trends in the city, talk about the District Attorney's truancy project, the role of school resource officers and others as well as programs designed for youth that have been eliminated, may be at risk or which need support to continue.
The meeting is open to the public.
It comes on the heals of yet another homicide in the city. On Wednesday evening, a 29-year-old Suisun City man was shot to death during a brawl outside of a bar.
The death marked the seventh homicide this year in Fairfield. The others include:
* Quincy Quinney, 26, of Suisun City, who was shot to death on Jan. 7 at a Clay Bank road apartment complex.
* Jesus Amaya, 20, of Fairfield, gunned down Feb. 1 in the 1000 block of Hayes Street.
* Vedell Jamar Chew, 24, of Fairfield, and Bernard Francis Knight, 18, of East Palo Alto, shot to death March 7 in the parking lot of the Parkway Gardens complex.
* Clarence James, 47, of Fairfield, shot and killed March 12 in the 1100 block of Hayes Street.
* Cheynah D. Watson, 19, of Fairfield, who was found stabbed to death March 31 behind a home on the 800 block of Fourth Street.
The violence had community members demanding action. Meetings between residence and police have followed, as did a prayer walk by local religious leaders calling for peace and praying over the sites of some of the first deaths. In addition, the Solano Chapter of the Guardian Angels has begun patrols of some parts of the city.