Ouachita Parish NAACP joins fight against South Side violence

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A prayer for change, and a call to action. On Thursday, the Monroe/Ouachita Parish chapter of the NAACP joined the fight against violence in Monroe's south side.

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
Courtesy: KNOE 8 News

"[We need to] make a starting effort to know the victims and their families know how concerned we are with the crime that goes on in our city," chapter president Ambrose Douzart said.

Crime that, over the past two weeks, has everyone concerned.

Three people shot and killed Sunday, and a Carroll High School football player shot, killed and left on his front lawn two weeks ago.

It sparked a vigil, a community march, and now this.

Someone who sees the community's division is David Collins. His mom was one of the three shot on Sunday. He says the violence needs to stop.

"Stop making it happen," Collins said. "That's all we got to do. Put the guns down, stop fighting. We ain't fighting nobody but each other."

A message echoed by all the pastors Thursday.

"We need to put the Lord back in our homes, back in our neighborhoods, back in our communities," Bishop David Lloyd, Sr. said.

They say the community has to start somewhere.

"If you put forth effort great things will happen," Douzart said. "They say if you plant a flower, if you nourish the flower, it shall come up."

A flower they hope rises on South Third Street.