Community members find solutions against violence at summit

Community members find solutions against violence at summit

TYLER (KYTX) - The death of a 20-year-old Tyler mother was a wake up call for many people within the community.

People of all backgrounds are now fighting to put an end to the violence, once and for all.

It seemed like it was Sunday morning at the Greater New Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler as people clapped, shouted amen, and nodded their heads in agreement.

"Sooner or later we have to look at who's fault it is," said Rev. Jerome Milton.

Rev. Jerome Milton stood in front of crowd of more than 60 people who agreed with putting an end to violence in their community.

"You have to hold yourself and your family accountable and what you control," said Rev.Milton.

The purpose of this Monday night summit is to find a solution.

"We need to teach the parents how to be parents, because some of them don't know," said one woman in the audience.

Person after person, black and white, stood up with an idea on what could be done.

 "If we all come around and stand up for what's right, we can impact this whole city," said one man.

There was one young woman in the audience who was really moved.

"There use to be times when we had block parties, where people knew their neighbors," said Crystol Watson.

You could see tears well up in Crystol Watson's eyes.

"I want to know what my kids are doing. I don't feel comfortable allowing them to go out," said Watson.

The mother of four says she is sometimes scared to let her kids play in their own neighborhood.

"I think we're letting our kids down and we're paying for it," explained Watson.

As one former gang member wiped tears from his eyes, he shared his personal testimony of how he changed his ways.

"Because the road I was going down, I would have been looking at a life sentence," said Brandon Haggerty.

Rev. Milton has mentioned starting a character academy aimed at children as young as 3-years-old.

Monday night, at the summit, a group called "Ambassadors of Compassion" made a presentation about a program they're bringing to Tyler.

It's a mentorship program designed to train and inspire our youth here in East Texas.




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