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Roanoke City Council reacts to public comment about crime in Northwest

ROANOKE, Va. – Concerns about violence and recent murders in Northwest Roanoke took center stage at the City Council meeting Monday night. 

During the meeting, Jordan Bell, who lived in Northwest for much of his life, spoke about his concerns for the area. He encouraged the council to invest more in the people of Northwest Roanoke. He said he believed that was the best way to address growing crime. Bell said after speaking with family members of two of the people killed in Northwest, he felt he had to speak out. 

"You only kill someone when you don't see anything different...and unfortunately we've had too many of those situations being handled that way. So I'm here tonight to try to see what I can do to help the city and what the city can do to help us," said Bell. 

After his speech, council members spoke about their ongoing efforts to improve the city. They did encourage Bell to meet with them and look for solutions.