In wake of killing of Middletown teen, community comes out to stop the violence

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Supporters, wearing Coree White t-shirts, participate in the walk
to stop the violence on Saturday (Photo: Jerry Kleiner)

MIDDLETOWN – Dozens of people came out Saturday in a “stop
the violence” walk calling for an end to the bloodshed on the streets
of Middletown. The event was organized by Corey White, Sr., the father
of Coree White, Jr., the 19-year-old, who was shot on Wallkill Avenue
in the city three months ago. He later died at the hospital.

Police continue to investigate the murder, but have made no arrests to
date.

Corey White Sr. said the violence on the streets must stop.

“There is a lot of violence, a lot of black-on-black crime,”
he said. “A lot of our youths have nothing to do so they revert
to gangs and drugs and the opioid epidemic is really big right now that
life style – it’s either the drugs or violence that gets you.”

Corey White, Sr. – “stop
the violence”

Coree White, jr., shot and
killed 3 months ago

The time since Coree’s death has been very tough on his mother,
Emily.

“When they killed my son I lost my soul. It’s just a fact
of trying to find the strength every day to go on. It gets harder and
harder for me as his mother and with the no justice, it makes it eve harder.
It’s three months now. We try to stay positive and make the community
come out as one,” she said.
Mr. White believes that someone knows something about who shot his son.
“If you see something, say something,” he said, repeating
the often spoken advice from law enforcement.