“Put The Guns Down” — Family Of Homicide Victim React To CMPD Crime Statistics

CHARLOTTE, NC. — CMPD released their first-quarter crime statistics of 2019.  Homicides are up significantly. 33 through the end of March, compared to 10 at the same time last year. Violent crime, rapes, aggravated assaults, and burglaries are also up.

The aftermath of many of these violent crimes is heartbroken families.

The pain will haunt Kendal Crank’s family forever.

“Kendal is gone, we will never see her again, we will carry her in our heart, but the way she left us was senseless and there was no reason for that,” says Kendal’s aunt Shirley Hemphill.

Police say Kendal was shot and killed in crossfire while driving on East 28th street during rush hour last Thursday.

“Look at us. We’re suffering we’ll get through it. But it’s everlasting suffering when you lose a gun person like that.  Please think about it put the guns down.”

Crank was the 33rd homicide victim in Charlotte this year. More than triple the number of homicides at the same time last year. CMPD says 90% involved guns.

“It’s a human issue. You see people who don’t value human life. Unfortunately, that is something that police can inject themselves into,” says CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.

CMPD says it’s putting more officers in high crime areas, but they can’t do it alone.

“We need the public’s help. Really we need to change the culture, we need mentors, we need teachers,” says Deputy Chief Coerte Voorhees.

Crank’s funeral is being held Saturday afternoon at St. Paul Baptist Church in the Belmont neighborhood.

Her family has started a GoFundMe page.