'Live in Peace' ride hopes to put an end to growing violence problem

'Live in Peace' ride hopes to put an end to growing violence problem
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POSTED: Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 4:40pm

Donaldsonville is a growing city with a growing violence problem.

One Donaldsonville funeral home said the message needs to get out to the young people in the community. So it is hosting the "living in peace instead of resting in peace" event.

Jajuan Demby has seen it first hand. She says too many young people are dying and she hopes the ride will open some of her peer’s eyes.

“It was about a year ago and he was shot and killed,” recalled Demby.

Violence among teens her age in her town of Donaldsonville is far too common.

“He was innocent and he didn't do anything and it just happened,” said Demby.

There are many violent acts that many times end with a trip to a funeral home. Locals such as Murray Walker say the “Live in Peace Ride” is something that will hopefully help get his town back to normal.

"Donaldsonville is my home, I want to see my community back to where it used to be with less violence and less fighting," said Walker.

A procession of motorcycles and more than 20 hearses will make their way around town and Jajuan says this will be a visual that will hopefully make a big statement.

“Seeing them they will realize I am sure that they don't want to be in a hearse or in jail for putting someone in a hearse," noted Demby.

Murray knows no matter what any positive impact is a step in the right direction.

"This is a step were taking to hopefully reach somebody if not 100 people at least 1 person."

Jajuan says she’s ready for a change.

“I know they will see it and hopefully it will open their eyes."

The event will be on Sunday, April 28 in Donaldsonville and anyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a similar ride happening here in the Baton Rouge-area sometime in the next month.

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