Religious leaders plea for an end to violence
BATON ROUGE - The senseless death of 7-year-old Terrez Coleman has his family begging for justice, and religious leaders calling for criminals to stop killing. They say the entire community needs to come together to stop this type of violence.
"Only a holistic response, will have any hope of success," said Raymond A. Jetson of Star Hill Church.
Religious leaders met Wednesday morning at Rose Hill Baptist Church, to assure the Coleman family that the killing will end with Terrez. They say the key to finding a solution begins with a strong faith, a desire to make a difference, and the power to ensure that the memory of Terrez will never fade.
"The emotion is right now," said Eric Williams, Beacon Light Baptist Church Pastor. "But what happens a week from now, two weeks from now, a month from now, when it seems that this is over and past. Somebody has to have that compassion that says no, I really have to do something about this."
They say the change needs to happen at home, in the classroom, and most importantly out on the street.
"The church has to recognize the responsibility to come out of the pews, and out of the building, and to become engrained in the community," Jetson said.
Deputies are doing extra patrols in the area of the shooting but there is still no arrest in his death. A memorial fund is set up at Capital One Bank.