BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Aletha Taylor is the grandmother of three year-old Demond. Demond lives right around the corner from where gunfire took the life of a 19 year-old on La Annie Drive on Sunday.
"It's ridiculous. The crime has escalated so bad," says Taylor.
According to the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office there have already been eleven homicides this year. That's an average of one murder almost every three days. There were eight murders at this time last year. It's a trend that makes the grandmother of two afraid for her grandchildren's safety.
"Definitely know that them to be outside playing. No, I don't agree with that at all. I rather him stay up there even though kids should be able to play outside," says Taylor.
Back when she was young Aletha stayed in the same apartment complex where Demond now lives. It's an area that hasn't always been violent.
"It's so much different now. It was actually quiet over here at one point. It was a quiet area back then when I used to live in these apartments," says Taylor.
She says more cops need to be out patrolling the area, but that's only part of the solution.
"They used to have outreach ministries that came in the neighborhood. I don't ever see that anymore," says Taylor.