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Community leaders hold event to help heal town from gun violence

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Baton Rouge residents are frustrated with the city’s deadly gun violence; however, some people in the community feel optimistic.

“You can never lose hope. You always have to be vigilant. You always have to have a positive attitude towards things,” said Redell Norman, executive director of The Resistance.

Norman, along with others, hosted a “Heal the Block” event on Saturday, June 11 at the Leo S. Butler Community Center. It was set up by the town hall.

Community activists say the goal of the event was to find better ways to prevent crime.

“We really pride ourselves on getting community feedback, so when we go back to the drawing board, we really know what our community needs,” said Josie Alexander, member of the Baton Rouge Community Street Team.

The Baton Rouge Community Street Team is a group the mayor’s office formed to prevent crime through community relations.

Alexander says that when fatal shootings happen, they go to the scene and start the real work.

“When a major shooting or crime occurs, the next follow up, we want to interact with community members in the area. So it’s not about what happened, it’s about the follow-up,” Alexander said.

Community leaders understand that it will take time to resolve this issue; however, people like Norman say they are up for the challenge.

“We may not be able to help everyone, but everyone matters,” Norman said.

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