NJ town considers curfew to curb violence

August 13, 2009 3:51:15 PM PDT
Paterson, New Jersey, is considering a curfew after a string of murders and gun violence. A 29-year-old man known was killed inside his car early Wednesday. Paterson officials plan to increase police patrols and issue a city-wide curfew.

Henry Kendrick, Jr., a parolee who is also known as "Die Hard" and "Young God," was shot six times at 2:45 a.m. on Temple Street between North 6th and North 7th avenues.

His death is the sixth homicide in Paterson this year and the second this month.

Last week, 26-year-old Davis Mark Rodriguez was murdered on 12th Avenue near East 22nd Street.

Mayor Jose Torres says the gun violence is gang related. He hopes to introduce legislation creating a curfew for residents for the rest of the summer. He is also determining if he can impose restraining orders to stop people from returning to neighborhoods they are arrested in.

In the meantime, residents are urged to stay inside at night.

"Tell your loved ones, don't hang outside of the house," Torres told the Bergen Record. "Get them inside the house so they're not the target of a stray bullet."

The city's legal department is checking to see if Paterson can legally establish a curfew for the remainder of the summer. The City Council would have to approve the curfew. Police are also stepping up patrols and putting 24 additional officers on the street, especially at night.


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