First of all I would like to say, I’m very sad for this little girl and her family. My she RIP, and fly with the angels.
The murder rate in New Orleans is 10 times higher than the National Average, and it’s been that way for years. This year alone before Thanksgiving there were 175 homicides in New Orleans, last year there were 175 murders all year long. This is an epidemic, and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. This year the mayor of NO said this: “From September of last year to February of this yeara student attending John McDonogh was more likely to be killed than a soldier in Afghanistan.”
To find out more about the murder rate in New Orleans go here: http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2011/11/the_new_orleans_murder_rate_ca.html
So today people held a vigil calling an end to the violence that has besieged the city. They are calling for an end to the violence. I agree the violence has to stop, how many children are we going to bury before something gives and it stops? I don’t think this little angel’s passing away is going to stop anybody from shooting each other. In the olden days when you had a problem with someone you went outside and you fist fought, these days you grab a gun. It needs to stop, and it won’t until people out there realize that the police are on your side, they don’t want to throw you in jail, well unless you’ve done something illegal. Somebody out there saw who did this, and they need to come forward. I know nobody likes to be a snitch, but this little girl died. Everyday moms, dads, grandparents, etc have to bury their sons and daughters because people can’t be bothered to just punch someone who they are angry with they need to shoot them. I am not going to say that everyone at the vigil held today is responsible, but I know there are people who were there that probably know something, and I beg you to come forward, this little girl had her whole life ahead of her and now it’s gone.
Violence isn’t going to just stop, it is going to take a lot of work to get it to stop, and much of that work has to come from people who saw what happened, that know who shot who. Everyday somebody in New Orleans gets shot, but it only times like this when “an end to violence” is called.
In a separate shooting a nine year old was shot in the back, when he got caught in the middle of a shooting in New Orleans East.
Altogether 10 people were shot this weekend in New Orleans! It needs to stop, people need to start speaking up! Street justice isn’t going to stop this senseless killing. If you shoot someone I love, I go and shoot someone you love etc etc etc…. That’s how I see it!
“It’s a shame and it’s sad. My little girl was (caught) in the crossfire. She didn’t deserve that, and kids should have a right to play,” Gordon said.Authorities said the girl was playing in the courtyard of the BW Cooper complex when she was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting. Gordon said she was at work when she heard the news, and she rushed to the hospital.