BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Families affected by gun violence, local activists and leaders have created a new program in hopes of slowing down gun violence and mental illness.
“Baton Rouge City Resolution: Committed to Making Change” was created after the families of Devin Page Jr. and Allison Rice decided to join forces to help create solutions on how to solve gun violence and mental illness in the capitol region.
Three-year-old Devin Page Jr. was killed by a stray bullet while in his bedroom in April 2022. In September 2022, LSU student Allie Rice was shot in her car during a drive-by shooting downtown.
Page’s grandmother, Cathy Toliver, and Rice’s father, Paul Rice, organized a special meeting called Baton Rouge City Resolution 2023.
The meeting was for local leaders and community members to come up with ideas on how to tackle crime in the areas over the next 11 months.
Cathy Toliver says the community will “adopt a month” in hopes of focusing on a certain issue for a set period of time.
“If Jesus could change nations with just 12 men, surely we could take 12 people and take our city back,” said Toliver. “And that is what this is about. Taking our city back.”
A new camera program called the Page-Rice Initiative was introduced by several agencies aiming to fight crime in select areas. The families have worked together since the success of this initiative.
“She has been a great pleasure to work with,” said Rice. “As much attention everybody is giving Allie, we want to give to Devin as well.”
Both of these homicide cases remain unsolved. If anyone has any information on these shootings, call Crime Stoppers.