Statewide violence outreach program getting more members

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A statewide violence outreach program that is active in Rochester is getting more resources.

Gov. Kathy Hochul Wednesday announced 29 new members of Should Never Use Guns (SNUG) have been trained and they’re ready to serve communities across the state.

Hochul said some of them will be coming to Rochester.

On Tuesday, some members from the group were out talking to people on Peckham Street after a man was shot and killed in his car earlier that morning while police say he was bringing his co-worker home after work.

"Behind every statistic is a grieving family, loss of a brother, loss of a sister, loss of a parent. and there’s too much grief in our society," Hochul said. "You have lived this some of you understand what the motivators are that drives someone to make those wrong decisions that could alter their life forever."

Hochul is asking the new members of SNUG to do what they do best: Mediate conflict, mentor young people, and work with local partners.