Today, we suffered tragic losses due to gun violence in our community. We lost two lives today in Orange, due to senseless violence which is all too common across our nation. My heart goes out to the families of the victims involved in this tragedy. Due to the ongoing investigation, I must refer all questions to the Essex County Prosecutors Office. We have to find a way to end gun violence in our communities.
To prevent future tragedies in our City, we must become better neighbors and do something when we notice that something is not right in our neighborhood.
Are we our brothers keeper? Yes we are. We are also our neighbors' keeper.
We are working hard to equip residents with public safety tools such as the new Orange TipLine, to allow you to help law enforcement in a safe, confidential manner. Community improvement teams have also been established to assist in keeping Orange families safe. Finally, nothing is more important than good old-fashioned block watch activities where each one can teach one to be our neighbors keeper.
I am calling for unity and for all of us to extend ourselves to improve the quality of life in our City. It's up to all of us to continue moving Orange forward.
Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq.