NewsYour Neighborhood Around AcadianaLafayette Parish


Community rallies for end to gun violence after shooting deaths

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 09, 2019

The shooting death in Lafayette on Cora Street, is impacting a family already dealing with the loss of a loved one from a gun death last week.

The victim's uncle lost his 2-year-old cousin in a gun death last week. He along with the pastor of Fellowship Full Gospel Ministries are working together to reach out to the community in the middle of these tragedies.

"Another senseless act of violence has plagued our community," Josh Edmond said. " There's a momma, dad, grandmother, a host of aunts and uncles that's also victims. I believe the victim is deceased and the victims are the ones that still have to deal with this on a daily basis. "

Edmond says he's dealing with the loss of his nephew Ronald Taylor, Junior and his cousin.

"There's another set of family hurting again," Edmond said. "The family is mourning. They're looking for answers. They're hurting they need comfort and prayers.

Edmond an activist in the community has been working to bring change.

"We have to get back to the drawing board," Edmond said. " We got to get back to coming up with a solution to this problem. We've marched and rally. We got to come up with a solution that's going to work. "

He along with his pastor Charles Banks, say they want to reach out beyond the church walls.

"Violence rips the community apart," Banks said. "We as a church and congregation want to reach out to the community and show the love because violence is not the answer. Want to be able to give these people Hope."

There will be a stop the violence rally at the Martin Luther King on Cora Street, where the latest shooting happened. It will start at 6:00 p.m.