Bishop hopes to rally Freetown after latest shooting

A community leader is calling on residents of Freetown Village to help find the people involved in two recent homicides and a shooting.

During a conference Saturday in the community, Bishop Larry Lee Thomas, pastor the Empowering Believers Church, also will ask county police, school and the Anne Arundel County Housing Commission to "stand with the clergy and the community to let the community know we will not rest."

Breon Cager, 27, of Baltimore was found dead with trauma to his upper body Tuesday in a Freetown Village residence. No arrest has been made, and the case is being investigated as a homicide.

"The death still awakens the issues about the safety of the neighborhood and issues concerning the services that need to be put in place for the residents living there," Thomas said.

"We said enough is enough and we're going to call again to break the silence. Because if someone does have any idea or any information about what's going on, we're saying break the silence."

Cager was the cousin of Javante Jaquan Parker, 21, who was shot to death in November in the neighborhood, a public housing apartment complex run by the housing commission.

Ernest P. Green Jr. was seriously injured in a shooting nearby in September. Cager's mother said Green also was part of their extended family.

Thomas, who organized a community meeting after Parker's death, is concerned the three shootings are related and the person responsible is still on the streets.

Thomas said Freetown Village residents are living in fear and their children are suffering an emotional toll as their parents prevent them from playing outside. He said several residents would joined him Saturday.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said representatives will attend the event to provide information on services available to help children.

Clifton Martin, chief executive of the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, plans to attend.

"I think we all just want to stand in harmony, those of us at the Housing Authority, clergy and police, to show our support for keeping the community safe," he said. "We are working actively to bring peace back to the community."

The conference will be at the Boys and Girls Club in Freetown Village at 7820 Darrell Henry Court in Pasadena. Anyone with information about the homicide can call police at 410-222-4700.

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