New Haven Reels from 5 Murders

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    Five people have been killed in New Haven in eight days and residents are getting nervous about this spike in violence.

    The city saw two homicides on Saturday, both in the Dixwell neighborhood.

    Kenneth Thomas, 29, of New Haven, was shot on Charles Street around 4 a.m. Tywan Turner, 19, of Hamden, was shot and killed outside the Dixwell Mini Mart just before 8 p.m. Police are still looking for suspects in both cases.

    Police have also been stepping up patrols in the areas hardest hit by gunfire. Eleven people have been killed in the city in 2010. In all of 2009, there were 13 slayings.

    Mayor John DeStefano said the police department is working hard to solve these crimes Community leaders say everyone needs to work together.

    "This is not only on the mayor and the (police) chief, we have to come together as a city but we need the leadership and there’s no more business as usual," Pastor Scott Marks, of New Growth Outreach Ministries, said. "Enough is enough. The violence must stop."

    Former Mayor John C. Daniels had asked that aldermen present  a resolution to the mayor, requesting that state troopers come to New Haven until a plan is created, the New Haven Register reports.

    DeStefano will hold a news conference on Monday to talk about plans to curb the violence.