BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge law enforcement officials say area crime statistics are improving, but there is still a long way to go.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome teamed up with the family of Devin Page to host an event for families that have been impacted by gun violence.
More than 60 families in the Baton Rouge area will be missing someone at the dinner table this Thanksgiving.
Over the weekend, a number of community members who’ve experienced such loss gathered in hopes of ensuring that by next Thanksgiving, crime statistics are even lower.
Captian Dave Mays, Baton Rouge Police Department for the fourth district precinct, said, “We’re here to support the community as well, because there has been a lot of gun violence. We hope the police would come together as a community to solve all the unsolved homicides in this area.”
There are still a number of families waiting for justice, including the organizer of this event, Cathy Toliver.
Toliver told BRProud that after losing her grandson, Devin Page Jr, to murder, she knew she had to take action.
She said, “I believe the person that murdered my grandson, if someone had spoken to them, we could have talked them down off the ledge. So I’m encouraging people to help all stay alive and check on people.”
Those gathered enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner while engaging in a conversation with Mayor Broome and local law enforcement representatives about how to create a plan for change.
Don A. Coppola Jr., Baton Rouge Police Department, Public Information Officer said, “This is just a fabulous event. And as you mentioned earlier, we do have unsolved homicides. But just know the families have not been forgotten. Investigators are still working to give whatever information they have to get those solved and bring closure to those families.”
Participants explained this will be a group effort, meaning it will require the united efforts of the Baton Rouge community and local law enforcement.
On that note, if you see anything suspicious or know of any suspicious activity, law enforcement encourages you to call crime stoppers at (225) 344-7867.