The young man murdered in Troy last week was laid to rest Tuesday as friends and family said their final tearful goodbyes to 21-year-old Takim Smith. Our Solomon Syed was at the funeral, and has more on what police are doing to stop youth violence.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Family and friends gathered at the Wilborn Temple in Albany Tuesday, to say a tearful goodbye to Takim Smith, 21. One life taken too soon, and likely several others gone with it.
"We got a life lost and then other lives lost in the penitentiary," said Michael Price, a family friend.
Police believe the father of three young children was plotted against by those some might call babies themselves. So far, six have been arrested in connection with the murder, all of them teenagers.
Just three days into his term as Troy Police Commissioner, Anthony Magnetto faces his first crisis: curbing youth violence in the Collar City.
"The public are almost like the patient, and you have to know what their problems are so you can treat them," said Magnetto.
Magnetto has asked his commanders to develop specific crime prevention plans ahead of the summer months, when violence typically spikes. He also wants to continue hosting open police forums to solicit public input.
"It's coming to the forefront now in discussions throughout the country, I mean it's a recognized almost epidemic," said Magnetto.
In 2012, YNN covered at least six separate cases of violent crimes perpetrated by or against teenage victims in the city of Troy. And now, this latest one involving Smith, who friends tell us was just starting to make a life for himself as a car salesman before it was cut tragically short.
"And it seems like people didn't want him out there to lead like that so they took his life," said Edward Morgan, a family friend.
"It is sad that we lose so many young lives to this type of situation. I mean there's really no retribution for it," said Price.
Regarding the investigation into Smith's murder, Magnetto said he wouldn't comment on it because it's still ongoing, but said his department and the DA's office will prosecute it aggressively, maybe providing a deterrent through the courts.