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Uptick in homicides concerns community

A Shreveport community center is trying to spread a message to help overcome the ongoing uptick in violence on the city's streets. (Source: Eric Pointer/ KSLA News 12) A Shreveport community center is trying to spread a message to help overcome the ongoing uptick in violence on the city's streets. (Source: Eric Pointer/ KSLA News 12)
Shreveport police discovered 18-year-old Bobby Evans' body Oct. 3 in the 1200 block of Travis Street. (Source: Shreveport Police Department via Twitter) Shreveport police discovered 18-year-old Bobby Evans' body Oct. 3 in the 1200 block of Travis Street. (Source: Shreveport Police Department via Twitter)
Boxing is among programs offered at Bilberry Park Community Center in Shreveport. (Source: Domonique Benn/KSLA News 12) Boxing is among programs offered at Bilberry Park Community Center in Shreveport. (Source: Domonique Benn/KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The slaying of a Shreveporter just days after his 18th birthday is just one of the city's 34 homicides this year.

Now a city-run community center he visited a lot is trying to spread a message to help overcome the ongoing uptick in crime.

The body of Bobby Evans was found Oct. 3 behind a vacant house in the 1200 block of Travis Street.

Investigators still are working on the case and are close to making an arrest, Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines said. "They're still in the process of combing through the details to ensure it's the right person."

Police actively are working to solve all the homicides committed this year, he added.

"Any homicide is egregious. ... I don't care if there are a thousand homicides, that one homicide is all that matters to that particular family."

Evans visited Bilberry Park Community Center a lot. The teen was "very pleasant, never disrespectful," manager Rhonda Stephens recalled.

It's her hope that more youngsters will participate in the programs offered at the community center to help keep them off the streets.

"Whether it be looking for a job, or trying to get their GED or utilizing the computer," Stephens said. "If they were here, then they would be less likely to be out and encounter something negative."

The center at 1902 Alabama Ave. has a computer laboratory and offers after-school, boxing and gardening programs.

Stephens believes making a difference starts with one person.

"Before you know it, it becomes a domino effect and a chain reaction and everyone starts catching on to a better way of life."

Nick Robberson is the division manger of recreation for Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation, which operates the Bilberry Park and other community centers in Shreveport. He says he's allowed his staffers to serve their community in a capacity that promotes a positive, safe, fun and nurturing environment.

TO LEARN MORE

  • Visit any SPAR community center or sign up online to learn more about joining any of the programs the city offers.
  • You can view a list of Shreveport's community centers by clicking here.

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