Stopping Community Violence

Putting an end to violence was the focus of a community event held on Saturday evening.

Dozens gathered in Meridian's Highland Park on Saturday night to encourage residents in the area not to resort to violence whenever they have a problem. The event also remembered Johnny Neeley, who was shot to death outside a Highland Park home.

"I want to keep doing this because any other time my son would have been out here with us having fun and today, he's not out here because of senseless violence," Neeley's mother Dana Murrell says. "A week ago, we went to Dallas and two days, back to back, we heard of a shooting in Meridian. One in Highland. Uncalled for."

Murrell says her wish is for everyone in the community to come together and have fun.


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  • by Reader on Jul 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Train up a child... plain and simple... have to start when they are babies teaching them right from wrong and not teaching them to do an say wrong things and laugh and think it's cute... Parents at don't know any better can't teach their childen anything.
  • by Mandy on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    Until you control what is going on in the homes of citizens, you cannot control the actions of those citizens when they leave their homes. It is not up to law enforcement to control what happens inside homes--it is up to the families. Parents, both mothers and fathers, must have active roles in their children's lives. Know who their friends are, what their interests are, and above all else, remember you are the parent, not their "buddy" or "friend." What happened to solving problems rationally, or at worst, with fists? When did it become so casual to shoot or stab someone because of a minor disagreement? Kids today are not taught consequences for their actions, ans as such, behave like the animals they have taught themselves to be! What else can be expected?
  • by animal Location: meridian on Jul 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    A simple campaign for the simple minded. Viloence isn't the problem, crime is. Violence is neither good nor bad. Good or bad can only be found in how violence is used, not in violence itself. For instance : The right to self defense, or defense of those that cannot defend themselves; can be very violent and a very good thing. Campaigns against violence lead to zero tolerance policies, weapon control laws, duty to retreat laws, and other things which punish the innocent defender as well as the criminal offender. These things are a perversion of justice and an infringement upon the natural rights of man. Campaign against criminal behavior instead ... if you have the guts ... and if you want the troublemakers punished. If you want the criminals to have the advantage, campaign against violence.
  • by Rle on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    Its all about community Leadrs , get involved. If you are not a person that is involved with the community you do not need to be a leader
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      by Mandy on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Rle
      More than a community leader, you need strong FAMILY leaders!
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