Orange County mayor launches task force to tackle recent gang violence in Pine Hills

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Tuesday that he has created a community task force aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence.

The announcement comes after a string of shootings claimed the lives of children in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

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“The solution does not reside with government and law enforcement alone,” Demings said in a news release. “It will take a collaborative effort of individuals representing diverse backgrounds who can help identify community solutions to longstanding problems.”

The tasks force comprises young adults, youth mentors, faith-based, leaders, behavioral health professionals, community advocates, law enforcement officials, educators and others.

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The first meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Barnett Park Magic Gymnasium. It will be held in-person and virtually and will be streamed live on Orange TV.

Members will focus on prevention, intervention, law enforcement and prosecution.

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Click here to read more about the Army and 438 gangs.

See the Orange County Citizens Safety Task Force member roster below, and click here for more information.

Co-Chairs:

• Jim Coffin, Executive Director, Interfaith Council

• Rod Love, President, Community Synergy Group, Inc.

Members

• Rachel Allen, Peace and Justice Institute, Valencia College

• Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala

• Rolando Bailey, Evans High School, Orange County Representative, District 2

• Patricia Brigham, League of Women Voters

• Charles Brown, Bridges International

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• Lisa Coffey, Student Services, Orange County Public Schools

• Ruth Cedeno, Orange County Representative, District 3

• Mimi Chan, Martial Arts Instructor, Wah Lum Temple & Host of Culture Chat Podcast

• Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, The Impact Church of Orlando

• Jonathan Cox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida Department of Sociology

• Fernando Cuevas III, Orange County representative, District 1

• T.J. Legacy-Cole, Orange County representative, District 6

• Eric Debose, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and mentor

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• Lisa Early, City of Orlando Families, Parks & Recreation Department

• Alondra Gittelson Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School massacre survivor and UCF student

• Pastor Terrance Gray, St. Mark African American Methodist Church

• Adam Hartnett, Neighborhood Ministries, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

• Cory Austin Jackson, Valencia College student

• Samantha Love, We The Future Movement

• Ricky Ly, Jacobs Engineering and advocate

• Bishop-Elect Derrick McCrae, African-America Council of Christian Clergy

• Chief Mike McKinley, Apopka Police Department and Orange/Osceola County Chiefs of Police

• Orange County Sheriff John Mina

• Miles Mulrain, Jr., activist and founder of Let Your Voice Be Heard

• Myesha Murray, Apopka Boys & Girls Club

• Nancy Oesch, Florida Technical College adjunct professor

• Javier Andres Pineiro, Florida Department of Health and UCF Student, Orange County representative, District 4

• Chief Orlando Rolon, Orlando Police Department

• Patricia Rumph, Pine Hills Community Council

• Ruben Saldaña, Founder of Ru Camp, Orange County representative, District 5

• Pastor Gabriel Salguero, Calvario City Church & President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition

• Michael Scott, Executive Director, Helping All Youth Achieve “HAYA”

• Andres Toro, Orange County resident

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