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Community Reacts to Violent Week of Crime
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 16, 2014 @ 11:48PM
Created on August 16, 2014 @ 5:55PM
A shooting, a stabbing, it's the news that no one ever wants to hear. But just this week, three communities are left broken after these violent acts happened just days apart.
These crimes have shaken the residents of Morgantown, Fairmont, and Clarksburg, leaving many on edge.
"My dad, while we were on vacation, had been checking the news frequently and was wondering if he knew the people involved. He seems to think that there is more violence around the area than there used to be. I feel like I know more about it also," said Sydney Mucha, Harrison County resident. 
An argument gone wrong in Clarksburg led to a violent shooting on the streets, sending two people to the hospital and the other behind bars.
The Wednesday morning gun battle was a family dispute. But the bigger concern lies in how many lives will continue to be harmed along the way.
Officials say the root to all of this is plain and simple.
"We have a deep, deep thirst for drugs in Harrison County. As long as we have that deep thirst and that wanting for drugs, the dealers are going to come from all over the country," said Joe Shaffer, Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney.
Hours later, the cities of Fairmont and Morgantown were shaken to the core.
19-year-old WVU student Devante Waites was brutally stabbed in downtown Morgantown following a dispute at Bent Willey's nightclub. Not only was the WVU community shocked and stunned, but the people of Marion County were left heartbroken. Waites was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. 
But many wonder what's being done to help stop this from happening again?
"I stayed in West Virginia to avoid such things. That's the kind of thing I grew up in. Moving here and staying here after I went to college, the goal for raising kids was to try to avoid this kind of activity. Obviously, it would be nice to see this go away," said Paul Paulsen, Harrison County resident. 
"It's just one crime after another. Until we tighten up the judicial system and make it harder on these criminals, then it's going to be the status quo," said Bryan Hogue, Harrison County resident.
The investigation into Waites death is ongoing. Stick with 5 News for all of the latest updates on this case.

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