48 Hours: 13-Year-Old Girl Dies After being Stabbed, 15-year-Old Boy Shot and Killed- A Statement from Mayor Walsh


2nd violent teen death in 48 Hours rock city of Syracuse. On Friday, May 21st, a 15-year-old Radames Francisco was shot on Shonnard Street. He was later pronounced dead at Upstate University Hospital. Today May 24, Syracuse Police Officers responded to the 1200 block of W. Onondaga St. for a call of a Stabbing. Upon their arrival, they learned that a 13-year-old female had been stabbed during some sort of physical disturbance. She was transported to Upstate University Hospital, by AMR Ambulance, where she was subsequently pronounced dead.

According to VCU Health, Facts and Statistics on Youth Violence “When not accounting for race, unintentional injury (57.6%) is the leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 24 in the United States, with homicide coming in second (20.2%). But for black youth, homicide (55.3%) continues to be the leading cause of death.”

Syracuse has a long history of challenges with youth violence. According to the Associated Press, “from 2014 through June 2017, 48 youths aged 12 to 17 in Syracuse were killed or injured in gun violence.”  Information compiled by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive identifies Syracuse rate of teen shootings “per capita is more than double those seen in the vast majority of U.S. cities with populations of 50,000 or more.”

Recent violent deaths of teens have struck a nerve in this city and triggered a statement from Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.  In his brief message he calls attention to what we are seeing,  “In Syracuse right now, we have children and families in crisis. They are living in constant trauma in circumstances made worse by the stress and disruption of the last year.” The Mayor’s statement ends by saying “We must and will do more.”

Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh: 

Mayor Ben Walsh

“In recent days, we have lost two teenagers to acts of violence involving other teens. Tonight, the victim was a 13 year old girl. This weekend, we lost a 15 year old boy. My prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as all of those touched by these tragedies.

In Syracuse right now, we have children and families in crisis. They are living in constant trauma in circumstances made worse by the stress and disruption of the last year. As a community, we need to give them refuge. We need to teach our children to value their own lives and the lives of others. We need to show them they are cared for in our homes, schools, community centers, places of worship and even in our streets. The City and the Syracuse Police are working closely with our community partners to protect and support our youth. We must and will do more.”