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Community leaders ease tensions with peace, hope after shooting
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LAS VEGAS -- The first homicide of 2015 left many residents near Bruce Street and Maryland Parkway unsure and afraid.

According to Metro Police, the shooting happened around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex in that area. The victim, who was identified by his family as 26-year-old Kendral Anderson, was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives said it was a case of self defense, but Anderson's family disagrees.

“He just wanted to have a good time for the New Year,” said Bryana McMurray, the victim's younger sister.

Residents of the area said the holiday shooting fueled racial tensions in the neighborhood where it happened.

“They witnessed a horrible tragedy, and they are afraid. There is also some quality of life issues that need to be taken care of in this community,” said Pastor Troy Martinez, 10,000 Kids.

In order to ease tensions and fears, Metro Police along with community and religious leaders went back into the neighborhood armed with a paint gun and paint. City crews painted over graffiti calling cards on buildings, dumpsters, and utility boxes.

Pastor Troy and other leaders also flooded the neighborhood with messages of hope and peace. Their purpose was to mend the hearts and minds of scared residents in the wake of the violence.

“Community members are out here distributing food, talking to the residents and praying with some of the family members,” Pastor Martinez said. “The police, the pastors, and other community leaders came out to send a message to residents that they can live in a safe community because someone cares.”

Another mission Pastor Troy said he was focusing on is rebuilding trust between the people who live in that area and the Metro Police Department.

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