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Marshall organization says community & police need to work together to stop violence

Marshall, Texas police responded to a shooting on June 6, 2022, at Citi Trends that sent two...
Marshall, Texas police responded to a shooting on June 6, 2022, at Citi Trends that sent two people to the hospital.(Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT
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MARSHALL, Texas (KSLA) - After a shooting at Citi Trends in Marshall left two women hurt, one organization has a message for the community: see something, say something.

Marshall Against Violence is an organization that focuses on reducing crime and raising public awareness in the community. Group leaders say the city needs the community and the police to fight crime together.

“When can we say enough is enough? We need people to come on board, help us. I’ve made my statements about the police department, but if they’re willing to do their part then the people here in Marshall need to be willing to do their part to make sure that we have a city that’s going to be safe for all,” said Demetria McFarland, organization president.

McFarland said her father and brother died as a result of gun violence. She said she created the organization so no one feels the pain she went through.

“Dealing with my brother’s loss, it’s like that’s a void that only the Lord himself can fill. And it’s like, what can I do to put a spotlight on gun violence and violence in general?”

She said it takes both the community and the police to help end the violence.

“I mean it’s really see something, say something. What’s so hard about picking up the phone and calling local authorities to make sure that we’re showing that those that are dealing with criminal activity want to make sure the city of Marshall is safe?”

McFarland said she spoke with the chief of police about adding cameras to homes and businesses.

“Enough is enough. We need people to be able to come on board, help us,” she said.

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