Leaders, Activists Call For End to Violence in the Community

The city of Eunice has had a rough few weeks as retaliation shootings continue. NEWS15 spoke to the Chief of Police and a pastor that wants to see better for the community...

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 8:30 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2022 8:56 PM

Lafayette,LA- About three years ago, Chief of Eunice Police Department Randy Fontenot noticed an uptick in crime in the area, but it settled down -- until now. He said the department has noticed there's less crime when certain people are arrested -- but violence picks back up once released.

"This last round that started a few weeks ago, we were starting to brace for it because we heard that some people were being released from jail, and we kind of had a feeling this was going to happen," says Chief Fontenot.

One shooting happened here on S. Beulah St. to another happening moments later on Lewis Street.

Chief Fontenot says cases can be solved quickly with the community's help, applauding those that have come forward. "We've had more CrimeStoppers tips with information. It helps us put the pieces to the puzzle to solve the case, and those tips are helping. We've been getting a lot. The community has been stepping forward."

Pastor Lawerence Levy understands that residents may be afraid to come forward. However -- no one is helping the community by staying quiet about what they may have seen.

"This is hard to do because its family members its next of kin, people that their close to, but its also do for a family member to bury their child that they'll never see again. You know so everybody loses," says Pastor Levy.

Eunice Police say that a fifteen-year-old is charged with attempted first-degree murder stemming from Sunday's shootings.

Pastor Levy believes more needs to be done for the youth in the community. "To make them see the reality of what their decision could have not only on themselves but others as well."

Pastor Levy and the Eunice Police Department will be here at Kim's Mart Saturday to host an anti-violence rally. They ask the community to come out and be a part of it.

Investigations into the shootings continue, and more arrests are likely. Chief Fontenot again thanks to the community for their help providing information about crime when they can.

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