POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:39pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Joycelyn Christopher is 62 and has lived in Baton Rouge her entire life and she's just shocked by the violence going on around her and her grandchildren.
"Never seen it like this before, people just riding around shooting people, that's unnecessary."
What she's seen is three murders in the Capitol City since the calendar flipped to 2012. This is violence she knows all too well.
"I lost some of my nephews from gunshots, robbery. I had lost two of my nephews and that really pushed me over the edge," says Christopher.
These are gunshots she and her grandkids hear on almost a daily basis,"Every night, Every night. You can be laying in your bed at night. You can hear 'em going off."
And she believes more police out on the streets won't solve the problem.
"I see policemen all down the street. I see 'em."
The solution starts with what happens inside a family's four walls at home.
"All this violence going on around here, because the kids are not being raised, the parents are not raising the children anymore, the children are raising the parents," states Christopher.
But she says if the violence doesn't stop, she and her family will leave the Capitol City.
"Leaving Louisiana? Leaving Baton Rouge? Yeah, I thought about it."
"Because of what," I asked.
"Too much violence here," she replied. "I don't want my grandchildren to be raised here. I want them to go to college, not here in Baton Rouge, somewhere off, somewhere else when they are ready to go to college," says Christopher.
But she really hopes it doesn't come to that and Baton Rouge can become a great place for her grandchildren to raise their kids.
"I believe it will. I don't know how long it'll take. I beleive it will."