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BATON ROUGE - Community members and law enforcement officials are speaking out against recent violence involving teens in the city.

"Look at education, home, neighborhood, parks, recreation, the whole thing of how are our kids being raised and growing up? " said East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Some ways officials are addressing the problem is through the BRAVE program.

" The BRAVE initiative in Baton Rouge is specifically designed for teenagers and young children. And we target those folks that are most at risk," said Moore.

Thurmen Polk has lived in Baton Rouge for 30 years, and he told News Two things are only getting worse.  

He made a plea to the community for more action to help guide teens.

"(The church should) get involved with us a little bit more than what they are. They got a lot of churches that's involved...(and) It goes back to the parents again because the parents, what they're doing is, they're letting these kids run a muck," said Polk.

Some cases officials are handling are the murder of 23 year old Osval Andrades that happened Wednesday, on Tracey Avenue.

20 year old Karlos Ghoram turned himself into authorities on Saturday, in connection with the shooting.

However, deputies are still looking for another suspect, 17 year old Lawrence Bennett.


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