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Third Saginaw murder in the same neighborhood in 3 weeks

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(09/19/12) - The City of Saginaw is dealing with an increase in violence.

So far, there have been 17 murders this year - the most recent one was Tuesday night.

Twenty-two-year-old Brian Kelly was shot and killed inside a home on Essling Street Tuesday evening. It's not far from where 6-year-old Layla Jones was shot. She was hit in a driveway on Aug. 29, and later died from those injuries.

There have been three shootings in the past three weeks. Police are still searching for the person who shot and killed Brian Kelly Tuesday evening.

"It's hard enough that you try to get over a 6-year-old being shot down and then you sit everyday and you just wonder what's going to happen next. Who's it going to be tomorrow," said Layla's grandmother, Karen Cope. 

Hours before Layla died, Bobby Bailey was murdered in the same neighborhood.

Cope says hearing about Tuesday's most recent deadly shooting makes her angry.

"Because it didn't used to be this way. Now it just seems like it's a war zone," she said.

Detective Sgt. Joe Dutoi with the Saginaw Police Department says he is following up on several leads in the shooting death of Kelly, when ABC 12 asked if the most recent murders are related.

"Well at this time there's no motive known - only speculation would say. It doesn't appear to be related to the other homicides that have happened in that area, but they've certainly had their share of violent activity in the last couple of weeks up there," he said.

Pastor Larry Camel with Parishioners on Patrol is working with police to help deal with the city's violence.

"This is senseless killing. A lot of innocent people are being hurt. The community is traumatized because of these things we have to really sit down and come up with a strategic plan on how we're going to address it," he said.

The city's murder rate is the highest it's been since 2008. This case is still under investigation.

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