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Victims of crime demand change

5 years ago April 20, 2010 Apr 20, 2010 Tuesday, April 20 2010 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:25:33 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

Dozens of people impacted by violent crime in Baton Rouge came together Tuesday to stamp it out of their neighborhoods.

This week is National Crime Victims Week.

Law enforcement leaders from across the parish said ending crime starts with the community.

"You as the community can do your part," Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said. "Will you?  We need you."

National Crime Victims Week was marked by a very bloody weekend in Baton Rouge where four people lost their lives in four separate shootings.

"It's getting worse, and I don't know what's behind it," Irene Warner said.

Warner lost her son Brian in 2006 during a shooting off Plank Road.

"It's coming up on his anniversary in July and as the day gets closer, it's getting harder because I live it everyday," Warner said.

At the ceremony, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden fired back about a story only on News 2.  Dr. Kirby Goidel, a Professor at LSU, told News 2 yesterday, the recent crime in Baton Rouge could have far reaching consequences and may stifle future growth.  Goidel studies perception relating to issues like crime.

"Obviously crime is a problem, but I can tell you it's not hurting ecnomic development in Baton Rouge," Holden said. "We just met with a major company, and I'm invited to speak to 200 business people in Houston."

Goidel maintains violence makes a city harder to sell.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff Leduff pledged to keep fighting it.

"We have to teach our society that crime is such a permanent solution to a temporary situation," Leduff said.

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