Sen. Rhonda Fields hosting forum on youth violence Monday afternoon

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AURORA | Following two shootings outside schools last week, state Sen. Rhonda Fields is hosting a town hall Monday afternoon at the Dayton Opportunity Center to discuss gun violence.

The town hall will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the Opportunity Center at 1445 Dayton Street in Aurora and will include a discussion with leaders, parents, students and other community members on how to enhance public safety, according to a social media post from Fields.

Last Monday, six teenagers were wounded when someone opened fire in Nome Park, adjacent to Aurora Central High School. On Friday, three more students were shot in the parking lot of Hinkley High School.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection to the Hinkley shooting. Police have not released any motives for the shootings, but the incidents have prompted a wave of concern from local community members about youth violence.

“Our parents and faith leaders and others need to play greater roles to make sure our kids have a sense of dealing with conflict without picking up a gun,” Fields told the Sentinel on Friday.

“I need the parents to get involved,” Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson said at a press conference. “I need you checking phones, I need you checking rooms, I need you checking cars, and make sure that they’re taking these guns away from these kids.”

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