West 77th neighbors beg for community violence to stop
At least 50 people attended the vigil.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Buford Johnson, 20, died after he was shot in the chest on West 77th Street in Shreveport. It was the first of two shootings on the same block within one week. Now friends and family are begging for the violence to stop in their community.
More than 40 people gathered at a candle light vigil Thursday night, not only to remember Johnson but also to encourage young people to put their guns down.
"We're moving too fast. We need to slow down and love each other instead of fighting all the time with each other," said Johnson's niece Jerrica Hamilton, as she wiped tears from her eyes. "His death caused a lot of hurt, everybody is hurting right now. It was the violence that took him" she added. It was an emotional scene as neighbors lit candles and circled around a make-shift memorial for Johnson.
"I want the young people to learn, from my brother's death that we don't need this," said Johnson's brother Roland Madison. "I want the violence to stop all over Shreveport, not just on 77th street," he added.
Friends took turns speaking about Johnson and reading bible verses. Each person who spoke, emphasized the need for people in their community to stop turning to violence to solve their problems.
Police arrested 33-year-old Frederick Gipson on May 18th for allegedly shooting Johnson, while Johnson was walking down the street. Gipson is being charged with second degree murder.