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Wilmington police call on community to solve murder [video]

Wilmington police revisited the corner where 43-year-old Crystal Brown was shot and killed on July 6th with the hope of convincing some of the 30 witnesses to come forward with information.

“Our city is aching right now because of some of the violence that’s going on,” said Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings.

On Monday, Cummings held a press conference with the victim’s family. Brown was struck by two stray bullets, minutes after she left a convenience store on the corner of W. 7th and N. Adams Streets. Police reminded residents about the bigger picture in solving this case.

“It’s more than just about justice for Crystal Brown, it’s more than just about the closure for her family and it’s more than just about solving this single crime. It’s about making sure that two dangerous suspects are off our streets,” said Cpl. Mark Ivey of the Wilmington Police Department.

According to police, when Brown exited Adams Market that Sunday, a fight between two teenage girls broke out that eventually attracted a crowd of about 30 people. Investigators believe Brown attempted to avoid the fight by walking around it when shots were fired from 6th and Adams Streets. The gunfire from two unknown suspects was not related to fight outside of the store. Police said at least 20 shots were fired from multiple weapons and despite the crowd, there’s been a lack of witness cooperation.

“I know someone out here knows something,” said Doreen Hovington, mother of the victim.

Hovington also directed a strong message to her daughter’s murderers.

“You put a big hole in my heart,” Hovington said.

Anyone with information should contact police at (302) 576-3990. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

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