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Church leaders and young people hold prayer rally against violence in New Orleans

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In New Orleans, the Metropolitan Crime Commission reports that homicides are up 49% from the same time last year. March saw an unusual spike with 24 homicides as of March 28. This is the second highest total in a month since the MCC began collecting crime data on a monthly basis in 2019. The city has not seen such high homicides in a month. since 2020 when July ended with 25 murders. This month last year there were 43 homicides compared to 64 so far this year. On Monday, Victory Church met with members of the community for a Cry Out Against Crime in response to all the latest crimes in New Orleans, including last Monday when 73-year-old Linda Frickey was dragged to death during a a carjacking a block away from where this meeting was held. WDSU interviewed exclusively the organizers who held the prayer service. “That carjacking for me at least. It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was so awful and awful. It really painted a picture of how serious this problem is,” said Terrance Jones of Victory Church. Many young people joined in the prayer. The event took place outside of Dynamic Performance Training. The center works specifically with teenagers, in training for the sport. Like Malachi Preciado. Preciado is a senior at Warren Easton. After the training, he attended the prayer meeting. “Just seeing things like that. A group of people coming together to talk about God. There’s so much going on in the city, it’s amazing,” Preciado said. Robby Green, owner of Dynamic Performance Training in Mid-City, said, “We don’t need this violence in our city. Especially from our young people. Adults in our community need to take ownership of this ownership, this responsibility and this concern to stand up. to share their words and wisdom to guide young people. The president said we have more than 250 fewer officers on the streets than in 2019. “As the number of police officers goes down, we see crime going up. It’s not just something that started in 2022. since 2020,” said Goyeneche. The MCC President believes that new initiatives such as the Proactive Policing Unit will help reduce crime.

In New Orleans, the Metropolitan Crime Commission reports that homicides are up 49% from the same time last year.

March saw an unusual spike with 24 homicides as of March 28.

This is the second highest total in a month since the MCC began collecting crime data on a monthly basis in 2019.

The city hasn’t seen homicides this high in a month since 2020, when July ended with 25 murders.

This month last year there were 43 homicides compared to 64 so far this year.

On Monday, Victory Church met with members of the community for a Cry Out Against Crime in response to all the latest crimes in New Orleans, including last Monday when 73-year-old Linda Frickey was dragged to death during a a carjacking a block away from where this meeting was held.

WDSU interviewed exclusively the organizers who held the prayer service.

“That carjacking for me at least. It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was so awful and awful. It really painted a picture of how serious this problem is,” said Terrance Jones of Victory Church.

Many young people joined in the prayer. The event took place outside of Dynamic Performance Training. The center works specifically with teenagers, in training for the sport. Like Malachi Preciado. Preciado is a senior at Warren Easton. After the training, he attended the prayer meeting.

“Just seeing things like that. A group of people coming together to talk about God. There’s so much going on in the city, it’s amazing,” Preciado said.

Robby Green, owner of Dynamic Performance Training in Mid-City, said, “We don’t need this violence in our city. Especially from our young people. Adults in our community need to take ownership of this ownership, this responsibility and this concern to stand up. to share their words and wisdom to guide young people.”

Rafael Goyeneche, chairman of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said the NOPD’s lack of manpower continues to be a huge crime problem in the city.

The president said we had over 250 fewer officers on the streets than in 2019.

“As the number of police officers goes down, we see crime going up. It’s not just something that started in 2022. It’s been going on since 2020,” Goyeneche said.

The MCC President believes that new initiatives such as the Proactive Policing Unit will help reduce crime.