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City leaders expected to reveal plan to curb violent crime rate

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis has reached 176 homicides in Memphis since the start of 2016. That's not a number anyone wants to hear. But, although there is a plan to try and change that, it didn't come soon enough to save a man beloved by his family who was shot and killed Tuesday.

"I just had left him," Shannon Griffin said. "I just talked with him. I just seen him and he was smiling. He was happy."

Griffin still can't believe her friend of 20 years, Robert Seymour, is gone. Seymour leaves behind five children and the man accused of shooting him is his own cousin, Eric Garner.

"I know I couldn't see it happening. I had just seen both of them; that's why it's kind of hard for me to process, because I had just seen them," Griffin said.

The shooting on Baltimore Street near the Liberty Bowl on Tuesday illustrates again the severe problem of violent crime in Memphis. 

Just in the past few days. there have been 15 shootings with six people dead.

Bill Gibbons, head of the Memphis Crime Commission, announced at a Thursday night meeting that there is a major plan to do something about the violent crime. 

"We're working with the police director, mayor, sheriff, others," Gibbons said. "We're going to come up with a really focused plan to move the ball down the field."

It cannot come soon enough for friends and relatives of Robert Seymour.

"He was a nice person, very giving and caring and very loving," Seymour said. "He really loved his mother. He would do anything for her."

Gibbons said the plan for tacking violent crime should be revealed sometime next month. However, we do know that part of that plan involves adding more police officers.

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