Residents march to take Enfield's streets back from crime
Posted August 19, 2014 11:06 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2014 11:29 p.m. EDT
Enfield, N.C. — 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."