Metro Council member asking for ideas to fight crime

POSTED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:24pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)--Community leaders are set to meet in downtown Baton Rouge after another deadly shooting over the weekend.

17 year old Darius Augustus was gunned down Saturday night while standing on the levee with his friends.

The murder highlights what has been a spike in violence in the Capital City, especially in District 10.

It's where a drive-by shooting happened Sunday and where the highly publicized murder of Allie Engler took place.

Tara Wicker is the councilwoman for the area.

"We have to stand up and say no we're gonna take our community back," said Wicker.

Wicker says this time, she and other community members mean business. She's calling on anyone with ideas to help curb crime to show up to a meeting next week.

"Role up your sleeve, come together, bring your ideas, bring your solutions."

Topics will cover everything from cleaning up empty, overgrown lots to working with the Department of Public Works to restructure neighborhoods. It's work she says will get rid of "crime symbols."

The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 12th at Dufrocq Elementary School.

It starts at 6pm.

Participants may contact the District 10 office at (225) 389-5140 to register for a free Take Back 10-NO FEAR t-shirt to wear to the CAM meeting.


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