SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport pastors, community members, and Shreveport’s police chief are trying to do something about the crime in Shreveport by marching through a high crime area to address the problem.
On Sunday, they gathered between the Clear Horizons Apartments and the New Zion Apartments on Illinois street for an “Evening of Prayer and Praise.”
“Why? Because we have so much gun violence over here,” said Roberta Daniel, who lives in the community on Illinois Street. “A lot of young men, they need to come out and hear the word and just learn to love each other, you know what I’m saying? Black on black crime is not it.”
“We wanted to come here because this is where it was said some gang activity was going on, the baby was shot a few weeks ago here. A lot of times we talk about doing things in the communities getting in the neighborhoods but we can’t make a change until we come where it is,” said Pastor Donzell Hughes of Please Stop the Killing Nation and co-organizer of Evening of Prayer and Praise.
The Children of God Men Ministries and Please Stop the Killing Nation created an “Evening of Prayer and Praise” hoping to bring an end to the violence and bring the Mooretown community together.
“I think what we are doing today is giving them hope to let them know somebody care, that somebody concerned about them, and they’re not just outcasted,” said Pastor Hughes.
They also invited Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond.
“I’ve said for a long time that the police can not solve the crime problem, that it requires citizen interaction and so these citizens coming together to address the crime problem, we support that 100% and I want to support it by being here,” said Raymond.
Raymond says events like this, bringing citizens together for a common cause, will decrease crime and help with community policing.
“We need to build that relationship because there are some people who live here and know about some of the criminal activity, they don’t feel comfortable coming forward and the way they’re going to feel comfortable by getting to know us is when we aren’t here on a service call.”
The organizers say the “Evening of Prayer and Praise” will continue with future events in Shreveport.