Organization reaches out to Town and Country kids

By Scott Sasina

July 26, 2014 Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With the crime numbers reported at Town and Country Apartments to be in the thousands, the compex's tenants are coming together to see what they can do to stop the violence.

Teenager Scott Wright Jr. was shot outside of the apartments and later died from his injuries on July 5.

The Hands of Hope Ministries organized an ice cream social Saturday, free for everyone. Games, dancing and food were all a part of the event.

Organizers said they want to make sure they can impact as many kids as possible in the neighborhood in a positive way.

"We want to teach these kids how to deal with conflicts, and not on the streets, so we feel as a community we need to come together and make that happen," said Amanda Kildare-Commings, with Hope Ministries.

The City of Binghamton released crime statistics earlier this month showing since 2008, there have been more than 15-hundred police calls to Town and Country Apartments.

Almost 100 people were in attendance at the event.

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