Frayser community refuses to be intimidated by crime | News
FRAYSER, TN- (WMC-TV) - Lifeline to Success Blight Patrol was in Frayser Friday issuing a call to action to the community after a man was shot earlier this week.
In response to that shooting, Frayser residents came together to say they will not continue to be intimated by crime.
A man, who was gunned down in front of nearly 40 children Wednesday in Forest Park Apartments, prompted the Frayser organization Lifeline to Success to take a stand.
"We've allowed socially acceptable norms to ruin our neighborhoods, criminals have become comfortable now," said DeAndre Brown, Lifeline to Success.
Leasing manager, Chara Covington, says many times the violence spills over from the corner store.
"This store beside me is notorious for drug selling," said Covington.
"Snitching is self servant, reporting crime is your civic duty as an American citizen," said Brown. "If you look around here today, you see that the community is represented as whole."
The Blight Patrol and church leaders held cook-out Friday to promote peace.
School starts Monday for many of the kids in the area and local leaders say it is important to start building relationships between teachers and parents.
"Westside is just a few blocks from the apartments where the shooting took place and we feel like it's an important part of our job to pay attention to not only what happens inside our buildings but to be reaching out in the community," said Achievement School Superintendent Chris Barbic.
Barbic showed up with teachers and law enforcement officers.
"We want to be a part of all the positive things happening here in Frayser," said Barbic.
"I love frayser and I think it's an awesome place and we just need people to help clean it up," said Covington.
Investigators have not released suspect information for the person responsible for the shooting.
Residents are asking for more police presence in the area.
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