Keeping Track: 12-year-old's death marks violent 30 days for kids and teens in Syracuse


by CNYCentral, Jana Barnello

12-year-old James Springer, III was shot and killed overnight Wednesday in Syracuse (Courtesy: Family of James Springer, III).

The shooting death of a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night continues a violent trend over the last 30 days in the city of Syracuse.

According to news archives from CNYCentral and the Syracuse Police Department, five people 19-years-old and younger have been shot since September 11. Two of them have died, including 12-year-old James Singer, III who was killed Wednesday night on John St.

CNYCentral has compiled a list of teens and children who were the victims of violent crime or arrested for violent acts in Syracuse in the last 30 days.

  • October 10: 12-year-old James Singer, III shot and killed
  • October 8: 19-year-old Christopher Hickey stabbed to death, 18-year-old arrested for murder
  • October 3: 15-year-old Loindale Johnson shot and killed
  • September 30: 15 and 17-year-old shot
  • September 29: 7-year-old stabbed by uncle
  • September 28: 19-year-old shot in back
  • Septmber 23: 13-year-old arrested for threatening to shoot people at Grant Middle School
  • September 22: 13-year-old has bike stolen at knifepoint
  • September 20: 8-year-old shot in Midland mass shooting
  • September 11: 16-year-old stabbed

Additionally, in June, a 13-year-old and his older brother were arrested and charged with the murder of two people in Eastwood.

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, Mayor Ben Walsh, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and Syracuse Schools Superintendent Jaime Alicea say they’re all working together to find solutions to the violence.

“My emotions are high this morning, the emotions of many people are high,” said Dep. Mayor Owens. “People are hurting. People are afraid.”

While they did not offer specific examples of how they plan to stop violence against children, the group urged people in the community to come forward, not just in the most recent case, but in the future, to prevent another child from harm.

“There are things that occurred in that neighborhood in the days leading up to this that we weren’t aware of,” said Chief Fowler. “Had folks called the police, we would’ve been able to intervene.”

“Now I’m not saying we would’ve been able to save this child’s life, but I am saying to you, I would love to have had a chance to save this child’s life.”

Singer’s death is Syracuse’s 16th homicide of 2018.

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