There have been four murders in three weeks in our community. This has affected our people, school and our city. All over gang and drug violence, people are scared to leave their homes, scared to let their children walk to school, and afraid to find someone they know in an obituary.
For example, the high school football playoffs are normally held at the Warren G. Harding stadium. We are proud to be able to host these games. These teams and players have worked so hard to practice and conditioned themselves all year, some for many years, and won't have the opportunity to play at our stadium. The students of Harding and surrounding schools were directly affected and made victims of this violence. Harding has lost their chance to play their last game due to safety precautions. Senior night, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, canceled because of such violence in our city. Is this fair? Absolutely not. It's an abomination.
Through the drug violence and gang activity so many people lost cherished loved ones. Is this fair? No! Can anybody get time back with these loved ones? No! So is this violence really worth it? We are supposed to be a community; therefore, we should stand together and not let these acts of violence affect us, and pull together. How many loved ones will be taken away from us before we finally understand the damage this brings?
Law enforcement has been working around the clock to up the security and safety of our streets and neighborhood. We have recruited extra patrol from other counties, but even they can only do so much. Our school systems, community and law enforcement need to work as one with open communication and support. The only way the city is going to get better is if the people in this city make it better.
Stephen P. Hunter