Boy’s death prompts calls for no more violence Print
Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
Come forward

“We really ask that our community in Beloit come forward and help solve his crime. We need the support and cooperation of Beloit,” said Interim Police Chief David Zibolski.
Police are looking for a maroon SUV, a late 1990’s or early 2000’s model, possibly a GMC.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Beloit Police Department at 608-364-6800.

Candlelight vigil

Hundreds of people turned out on January 25 for a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the boy who was killed and his family.

Luis Pineda, one of Austin’s cousins, called his death hard to believe. “I couldn’t fathom anyone shooting a child and taking a life . . . now there’s an empty bed and empty heart because of this senseless violence.”

‘No more’

Media reports of the vigil said that “no more” was the Beloit community’s rallying cry as they remember this young life cut short. Mourners lit candles, prayed, and released balloons during the service led by a local minister.

I encourage anyone with information on this shooting to contact the authorities. But beyond that, I hope everyone will work and pray for an end to such violence in our communities. We must all do what we can to promote respect for all life!