Residents "walk in faith" against crime

May 30, 2009 4:39:28 PM PDT
A recent wave of violence is sparking serious concerns for the southeast Raleigh community.Leaders and residents came together on Saturday to talk about their concerns and look for solutions.

Residents say drugs, violence and gangs have become the norm for their neighborhood and they say children are suffering because of it.

"I mean you never know when one of these kids might get in trouble behind it and I've seen that before," Southeast Raleigh resident Tonnika Goggins.

On Monday, 18-year-old Rodriguez Burrell was found on Haywood Street with several gunshot wounds. He later died at the hospital.

Burrell's mother says she is still in disbelief.

"It wasn't the truth, I still haven't came to the decision that he's gone," Burrell's mother Tammy Crowder said.

Two days later and just blocks away, police say a cab driver was robbed and shot.

According to police, 27-year-old Juan Rayo-Reyes was attacked by three men just after parking his cab for the night at the Birch Ridge Apartments located near Bragg St. and Angleus Ave.

Reyes was rushed to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

Even though police have stepped up patrols in the area, residents say they believe it will take personal responsibility to help wipe out crime.

"I think it's a tolerance issue," Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan said. "We have got to do something that's a cry from the community at large."

Until then, the community is placing their concerns in a Jericho box and they say they will take part in a Jericho walk for the next five days to bring awareness.


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