Very high murder count for New Orleans in recent years as it barely misses 200 at the end of 2011. The violence continued to soar in the city, as Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed homicide head on earllier this year with a summit called: Saving Our Sons.
He says there have been about 4,000 people murdered in New Orleans since 1994.
"...each one a brother or a sister, a mother or a father, a son or daughter- each murder spurring more hate and more revenge creating an unholy and vicious cycle of violence that has poisoned and drowned our city for too long," he told thousand at UNO's Lakefront Arena last September,"I asked you to come here today to join an army in the battle for the future of this city we love so much."
One person who sees this problem directly is Father Bill Terry of St. Anna's Episcopal Church. That's because he has been writing the names of murder victims not only in Orleans Parish, but also Jefferson Parish on a giant board outside his church. He does this every week.
"We kill more people in 2011 than we did 2010, maybe even 2009. it's gotta stop. We keep saying that. We're all saying the same thing. It's gotta stop, what do we do?" Terry said.
He says first and foremost is teaching children not to hate; and then taking a role in supporting programs that do outreach to children between the ages of 2 and 12.
While city leaders have tried to address the murder problem through the Landrieu administration's efforts, the bloodshed continues. One of the latest victims of late December was little Keira Holmes. She was just shy of 2 years old when she was killed by a bullet while playing outside in the B.W. Cooper Apartment Complex, one week before Christmas.
Father Terry in the meantime, will start a new murder board in 2012, and will continue recording the names until this problem significantly decreases in the future.