The death of 18-year-old Malcolm McFarland marks the 28th homicide in the city of Rochester.
With the uptick in violence, community organizations are working harder than ever to reach the people who need help the most.
For the past 40 years, the Center for Youth has made it their mission to stop teen violence by finding a way to prevent the growing trend before it starts.
"Our goal is always to reconnect, reconnect, reconnect," said Elaine Spaull, Executive Director.
Without the connection, Spaull believes teens feel lost.
"Feels like a property, it feels like a piece of freight, and so for me, when we do our work here, we see an increased number of kids at risk, on the streets, not connected. It's very easy for them to choose a lifestyle that will put them at tremendous danger," said Spaull.
Mercede McNeill says the economic situation doesn't help either. She believes teens who are a part of the city's violence go out looking for money thinking it's their last resort.
"They don't think they can go to school and attain these goals with education and college and oh if I work 40 hours a week, I'll have a new car. They don't see those things. They see okay I need to do this, to get this and that's all they see in front of them," said Mercede McNeill, Lead Housing Support Counselor.
The center provides counseling and is available 7 days a week.
As for Tuesday's homicide, police are not saying what McFarland was doing on flower street or what led to the shooting.
Chief Sheppard is asking for community help in solving this crime.