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Community uses "Pack the Park" to stand against violence

3 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, June 27 2015 Jun 27, 2015 June 27, 2015 6:09 PM June 27, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - Dozens from the community showed up to the annual Pack the Park rally at Gus Young Park.

Supporters of the anti violence event told News Two that they're hoping less and less violence will go on as the community makes an effort to come together.

"We all need to come together and just heal together," said Carolyn Zeno, whose son was killed during a robbery.

Event organizer, Tarj Hamilton, hosts the event every year with her husband, Durell.

The couple started Pack the Park six years ago after they they were attacked in the driveway of their home.

Tarj was shot in the back and her husband was shot in the abdomen. Ever since, Tarj has been in a wheelchair.

But although what happened to them was tragic, they both agreed to forgive their attackers.

"It was a battle in the beginning. It took almost like a year, honestly to forgive, but eventually we did," said Tarj Hamilton.

The Hamiltons told News Two they wanted law enforcement to have a strong presence at the event to foster a good relationship between them and the community.

Police Chief Carl Dabadie spoke to event goers about lessening crime in the community and encouraged them to participate in more events like Pack the Park.

Zeno offers a support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one at the Goodwood Library every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 6pm to 7pm.


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