Mar 20, 2013 12:01 AM by Steven Albritton
A neighborhood on the northside of Lafayette is taking a stand after two murders in two months. On March 15th, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed on Hilda Street. Witnesses say there was a fight over a dice game. It's in the same area where 20 year-old Jordan Melancon was shot and killed back on MLK Day. The violence has caught the attention of the Lafayette City Parish Council, which held a special meeting to discuss possible changes in the area.
"Something really needs to be done about it and we need to clean the community up. This doesn't make any sense. All the killing going on needs to stop because it isn't worth it," Mike Bonner said.
Many residents were hesitant to speak on camera for fear of backlash. Bonner lives only a few doors down from where both murders occurred.
"To tell you the truth. When I go to bed at night, I go walk in the kids room, I look at them and see if they're alright. I look through the windows. I'm not going to lie to you; I'm really scared," Bonner said.
In the last 90 days 108 crimes have been committed in the area,12 of those crimes were in the violent category. District Three Councilmen Brandon Shelvin says it's going to take a full community effort to end the violence.
"How many more of our young men have to die before people decide that a change needs to occur within our community," Shelvin said.
Lafayette Police say they will be moving an unmanned vehicle called the "Armadillo" into the area. They can park it in a troubled area and have it record audio and video of whatever is happening in the area. Not only that, but this Saturday a "Stop The Violence," Rally will be held at 2 p.m. at the MLK Center on Cora Street.