The family of the teenager who was shot on Lansing’s west side demands solutions, change

LANSING, me. (WILX) – The family of the teenager who was shot dead on Lansing’s west side calls for answers.

16-year-old Darrell Smith died Wednesday night on Burneway near Seaway Drive. The police have not yet made any arrests.

Smith’s family tells News 10 that his life has been taken meaninglessly and they have a message for young people in town.

Darrell’s brother Tyrece said, “I will never understand. We keep losing the smart, the good. To senseless unnecessary violence. “

Another family mourns the loss of a beloved gun violence in Lansing. Another LPD business card that sits between cards and flowers.

“Why, why do I have to bury my son? “Stephanie Smith, Darrell’s mother, said. “He was my heart. He was my delight. “

Darrell Smith was only 16 years old.

“I mean, this kid could play a concert – an orchestra – and then turn around and come home and tear down drywall and paint,” Tyrece said.

Police say the reason for his murder is still unclear, but the family feel they are victims of the unprecedented increase in youth violence in Lansing.

“This has become a sad situation in the city and I’ve been here all my life,” said Tyrece. “It’s never been this bad.”

But as bad as it gets, they’ve decided to share their pain. They hope Darrell’s tragic story opens the eyes of the rest of the community.

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