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Neighbors of the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed speak out

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The North Side community is now taking some time to remember James Springer III, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed Wednesday night.

One of his neighbors said Springer would pay visits to shovel their driveway in the winter. 

"I mean he was a good boy. You know, he was more respectable to his elders for one thing," said Walta Williams, who lives down the street from James. 

When she found out James was killed, Williams said her heart dropped. She lost her son, too, to gun violence around this time last year. 

"And I know how she (James' mom) felt when she lost her son. It's always going to be there. But keep praying and God will bind it back. Because my son and my mother and my brother are always going to be here," Williams said. 

Still, Williams and another one of her kids, said what hurts the most is how the violence in their neighborhood only seems to be getting worse. 

 "It's just so much killing going on around here-- it's too much. And it just needs to stop," said Quintrell Pope, Williams' son. 

Pope said his fear and sadness kept him from going to school this week. 

"It's not right for people to get threatened like that. It scares me and it scares my mom. And elderly people need to live around here and they shouldn't have to live in fear like this," Pope said.

The Syracuse Police Department is asking anyone with information on this investigation or others to call police at 315-442-5222. You can also use the anonymous tip 4-1-1 app.

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