Lafayette

Jan 23, 2013 12:01 AM by Steven Albritton

Vigil Held in Honor of Melancon, Focused On Stopping Violence Among Youth

The message at Tuesday's vigil was sent loud and clear. The neighborhood around Hilda & Cora Street want the violence to stop and the change to happen right now.

"Everybody got an opportunity to change if you want to," one resident speaking out said.

In front of a crowd of more than 150 people, adults in the neighborhood pleaded to the youth for change in their community. They gathered at the site where Jordan Melancon was shot and held an open vigil. Anyone who wanted to was allowed to speak.

"We need to organize instead of continuing to talk about it. I'm tired of seeing fathers crying for their children," Pastor John W. Milton said.

Melancon was only 20-years-old. His death inspired others to be the change the neighborhood wants to see. A tearful Jermal Victor now only has a picture to remember his son. He wants to make sure no other family goes through what he's going through now.

"If you can avoid trouble, walk away please. For me, for my child. I don't want to see none of y'all going down like my child did. It's hurting me. I don't know how to do this.

21-year-old Jacob Ardoin has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder of Melancon.

 

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