BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – “It’s time to put the guns down and really focus and let’s not kill each other,” said Devetta Zeno.
The Brown family is hitting the pavement with law enforcement after one-year-old Ja’Tyri Brown was shot and killed on Memorial Day by a stray bullet.
“My niece was only 1 year old. She didn’t get to enjoy nothing. She didn’t get to see life. She was only one. Two months from being two, and they took that from her,” said Zeno.
The family walked through the Gardere community with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.
“We’re letting the people in this community know that we care,” said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
It’s boots on the ground trying to build relationships of trust.
“Any effort on law enforcement is short-lived without community involvement. That’s why it’s so important to nurture these relationships and get out here with the people and let them know that we are here for them,” said Sheriff Gautreaux.
Crime is a problem throughout the parish, but the community policing efforts appear to be working in this neighborhood.
“Our calls for service in this area went from about 36 percent to 23 now. It’s still an area of great concern, but we don’t have the problems that we used to have,” said Sheriff Gautreaux.
The Brown family urges other communities to get involved with law enforcement and help stop the violence.
“By us showing our face, it’s more to it. We all can get out here and do the same thing,” said Zeno.