Posted: Dec 28, 2012 6:35 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Dec 28, 2012 6:43 PM
Citizens in Abbeville say they want to take back their community after what they're calling "senseless violence."
It has been a violent year in the City of Abbeville, 8 murders, still several unsolved.
"It could be anyone at anytime that lose their life over nothing."
Lawrence Levy is fed up with seeing friends and family lose loved ones due to senseless violence. He says many of the people murdered were just starting their lives.
"Stray bullets are coming and killing them before they get the chance to blossom and grow into the person they were meant to be."
Levy is hoping Saturday's stop the killing march will help the community march into a time of healing. He says it's time for the community to stick together.
"These people didn't wake up thinking today I'll die and the person that murdered didn't wake up thinking, today I'm going to kill someone. there was something taking place mentally and spiritually that caused a physical reaction."
Levy believes if the community would reach out to troubled people more often, there would be less violence.
"Let me try to help you get a job, get back in school, let me try to help you get back on the right track. You can't blame a gun for the violent act of someone getting murdered," said Levy.
The stop the violence march is Saturday at 1:30 starting on Dutel Street. It will begin after the funeral of Darrell Broussard, the eight person murdered in Abbeville this year and the third one in the same neighborhood.