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Residents march to take Enfield's streets back from crime

Posted August 19, 2014

— Theresa Jones remembers what it was like growing up in Enfield.

Since those days, Jones, 49, said things have changed for the worse.

"We were poor when we were coming along, but we didn't pick up guns and we didn't go rob people,” she said. ”We didn't steal out of stores. We didn't do any of those things. We prayed to God."

Jones led a group of about 100 people in a march through the small Halifax County town Tuesday night in an effort to take the community back.

The march comes after a series of shootings and killings in an area more known for back roads and small towns:

  • On Aug. 4, three teenagers were shot while walking near Maple and East 11th streets in Weldon. Keyeon Garner, 15, was killed.
  • Hours later, 2-year-old Dyanna Anderson was killed and her grandmother, Catherine Price, 54, was injured after bullets flew through their Cedar Street home in Weldon. Investigators believe the double shooting was in retaliation for Garner’s killing.
  • One person was killed and three others were injured Monday after a shooting off Heathsville Road near Enfield.

"We said we need to take to the streets, we need to take our streets back,” Jones said. "People are not raising their children the way that they should. They're not using discipline.”

Jeff Arrington, who marched with Jones, hopes their effort will lead to more community involvement.

"We're hoping the churches get out and reach out to the people and let them know to put the guns down, stop the violence, come into church, or let us pray for them," he said.

Dollicia Vines, who watched the marchers from her front porch, also hopes things change.

"People losing their lives, kids, elderly folks, dying for no reason,” she said. “Don't know why. They got to get these guns off the street."


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  • ncprr1 Aug 20, 2014

    Good for them. I am glad to see someone in this community finally stand up and call for change. If they can get over blaming the inanimate objects and focus on the reasons that their children are all becoming criminals, they might even be able to start to help themselves.

  • OneLove Aug 20, 2014

    Which stores were looted? Anybody have their cars fire-bombed? Oh! This is a REAL CALL FOR ACTION March! This is what a protest and support looks like. Not that absolute WW3 going on in MO. Glad to hear someone older let the young ones know WE WERE POOR AND WE DIDN'T HAVE TO COMMIT CRIME.

  • Viewer Aug 20, 2014

    The march is just symbolic. Now what are they going to DO NOW?

    Are they going to turn in the dope peddlers and actually testify in court? Are they going to show real strength by letting the bad guys know they will be hurt by the good folks?

    Some of the long term solutions of pacific community action/ involvement will not clean things up soon.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Aug 20, 2014

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    The march is the only call to action, simpleton. Nobody said the march actually fixes anything in itself

  • earnyourownway Aug 20, 2014

    March will not help. You have to help yourself and your family. Don't depend on others or the government. Talk is cheap, actions are needed. I wish her and others who do care the best.

  • Realthoughts Aug 20, 2014

    This is the type of marches that should be going on in every high crime community in the Nation. This can do more than the best police force in the US.

  • arfamr1010 Aug 20, 2014

    admitting there's a problem is the first step to correcting the issue....blaming other people for your actions won't solve or change anything. These people have taken the first time...time to follow through.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 20, 2014

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    Your right if all they do is this march nothing will change but this march is a call to change things and if they keep at this change could come about. It's really the only possibility I see for change. Hats off to them.

  • arfamr1010 Aug 20, 2014

    Good for these people!!! This is EXACTLY what is needed to fix the problems in our cities!! I hope this can make a difference!

  • Realthoughts Aug 20, 2014

    This is what folks should be doing every! Taking their communities back! This helps more than anything else and this includes, police, housing, funding and more. It starts with the people of the community banding together, standing together and saying "No More!" This is better than any Moral Monad March!