Mayor Mayo addresses recent murders, violent crimes

Monroe officials sounding off about the city’s recent murders at Monday’s press briefing. (Source: KNOE)

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe officials sounding off about the city’s recent murders at Monday’s press briefing.

Mayor Jamie Mayo says at this time last year, Monroe was at six homicides. With three and a half months left in 2019, the city is already up to 10.

“This is not just a government issue, it’s not a faith based issue, it’s not just a city issue or a state or president issue, it’s a community issue,” said Mayo.

Monroe natives Darrell Stevenson and Christopher Coleman were shot and killed one week a part.

Coleman was the victim of a September 14th shooting on South 6th Street. Stevenson’s murder came a few days later on September 20th near the same area on South 5th Street.

The mayor sent a strong message to the alleged criminals involved, and to future offenders moving forward.

“Should there be these type of shootings which we’ve had, they’re going to be incarcerated. These crimes will pay,” said Mayo. “They will be apprehended, put in jail, and that’s the bottom line.”

Monroe Police Department will continue to investigate both cases as they look for ways to make the city safer.

“It’s unfortunate for our city, the city of Monroe, unfortunate for our parish, unfortunate for our state, and unfortunate for our country,” said Mayo.

If anyone has any information related to either case, you can call police.