BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Within the 12 months of 2021 alone, East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Workplace is reporting 150 homicides, a few of these are linked to home violence.
Each step is a step to recollect. Households and pals collect to carry onto the attractive recollections of their family members they misplaced to gun and home violence.
“It simply got here to me one evening, simply laying in mattress. I simply stated I wasn’t going to fret about doing Thanksgiving, I used to be simply going to do that stroll for home violence and gun violence,” says Mary Foster.
Foster misplaced her daughter, Laquana Whitfield in 2017 to home violence. She then misplaced her son, Courtney Whitfield, this previous June when he was shot whereas working on the IHOP on Siegan Lane.
“It damage as a result of similar to any person’s youngster get you realize gunned down and for no purpose, and it’s like we misplaced a toddler, we misplaced children; properly, it damage you additionally. So, I do know you realize, and it’s not truthful for anybody to be,” provides Foster.
Foster is aware of she isn’t the one one locally who has misplaced a liked on to violence. It’s why she requested those that are nonetheless grieving to stroll together with her, and to remind their group that violence doesn’t need to be the top consequence.
“We win collectively, and I feel the extra folks that we make conscious the extra folks will see which are collectively on this. What occurs is it creates a possible for change,” explains Cedric Murphy who’s a pastor at Windfall I Baptist Church.
The group says they need to do that stroll twice a 12 months, with hope it would result in change. “When you end up doing one thing simply take out the time and cease, pause and pray,” says Foster.
If you’re in a home violence state of affairs and searching for assist, we have now a listing of organizations which you can attain out to:
Butterfly Society – (225) 347-7725
Iris Home Violence Shelter – (225) 389-3001
Louisiana Coalition Towards Home Violence – 1 (888) 411-1333
Household Protected Haven – (225) 239-7880
Household Companies of Larger Baton Rouge – (225) 924-0123
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