Community devastated after deadly South Bend shooting
SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- At 11:14 P.M Tuesday night, gun detection system “ShotSpotter” activated South Bend Police to a home on the 600 block of South Illinois Street in South Bend. Upon arrival, officers found two people with gunshot wounds. 26-year-old Jalen Cullen was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, and 26-year-old Olivia Carrillo was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
“It’s a tragedy to see a family go through such a terrible loss. Our community loses anytime we lose we lose a young person, anytime we go through this so...right now our community is mourning,” Outreach Coordinator of Stand Against Violence Everyday (S.A.V.E) and Paster Canneth Lee said. “We see this all the time. We see this when violence happens. It’s a shame to see a young person lose their life.”
Community members fled social media in grief of Olivia's loss, saying she was a beautiful, fun-loving woman and mother to her young son.
S.A.V.E Coordinator and Pastor Canneth Lee and Goodwill’s Violence Intervention Supervisor Issac Hunt spoke with the heartbroken family.
“It was very emotional. I know what it’s like to lose a loved one tragically through violence so I know what the day after feels like. And it’s a very hard day,” Lee said.
Officials, friends and family, can’t believe another innocent life was taken too soon to gun violence.
“This neighborhood is now traumatized. Just as the family is,” Goodwill’s South Bend Group Violence Intervention Supervisor Issac Hunt said. “We got to come together and work with our kids and our youth because this is senseless to lose someone this young, so violently with so much future ahead of her, and now we have a young boy who doesn’t have his mother, and we have a father who is raising a son without his mother. And when will to stop?”
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation, and there’s been no suspect information or no arrests made at this time. Carrillo’s autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. If you or anyone has any information about this double-shooting incident, you are urged to contact the Metro Homicide Unit or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 2-8-8 STOP.