Community Demands Unity after 15-Year-Old's Slaying


DECATUR- People took to the streets today, protesting violence and demanding a united Decatur.

Friends and family say Junisha Cummings was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 15-year-old was supposed to be at basketball practice but was hanging out with her friends.

That's when they say she was shot. She died at Carle hospital just a few hours later. Her death has caused a great deal of commotion in the community people here saying she was an innocent bystander a child with her whole life ahead of her. Bryan Johnson, a family friend lives right across the street.

"It's getting out of hand, it really is," Johnson says. "This is sickening. Like this is beyond words sickening. You know what I'm saying. You can't even put words to this."

Police have already made arrests in shots fired in the area last week. They say the violence is mostly between two groups from two different neighborhoods. People who live near Grand and Union say it has been mostly gang feuding, and they'd like it to stop.   

This is the forth shooting this year in the 1200 block of North Union. Back in April Devante Hill was arrested for attempted murder. Police say he tried to shoot a person in a car.

Then in August Marvin Perry was shot to death by parolee, Joshua Jones. 

Earlier this month a rash of gun fire in the Decatur area left a 21-year-old injured.

All of these shootings took place in the 1200 block of North Union.

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