Friday, June 24, 2022

Columbus data 51 murders; crime prevention organizations search to finish violence

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COLUMBUS, Georgia (WTVM) – More gunfire broke out in Fountain City early Monday morning, but this incident was fatal. Columbus has now exceeded 50 murders for 2021, a record high.

Jamar Pipken, 27, is the 51st person to be killed by gun violence in Columbus. The shooting took place on Calhoun Drive in the south of Columbus.

The residents of Calhoun Drive were awakened from sleep by the sound of fatal shots around 6 a.m. on Monday.

“Every morning when you wake up someone is dead or shot,” said Derek Chambers.

As the number of murders increases every week, local crime prevention organizations are trying to find ways to stop the violence.

“Almost a million dollars is poured into community organizations to prevent crime, and frankly it doesn’t work,” said Theresa El-Amim, founder of the Southern Anti Racist Network.

El-Amim is one of the crime prevention organizations that have received thousands of dollars to help prevent crime.

“So the only way to change things in the long run is to fight poverty,” she said.

El-Amin says she is trying to encourage all crime prevention programs to work together to address the root problem, and the Columbus police force are also working to tackle the problem from fifth graders onwards.

“We have another program, the DARE program, that teaches youth to make safe and responsible choices,” said Sergeant Angela Florence, Columbus Police Department.

The DARE program is not working to solve this murder problem.

“We have the Columbus Against Drugs and they actually do campouts in different neighborhoods with high crime or high drug use.”

Crime Prevention Sergeant Angela Florence of the Columbus Police says her unit is also helping or helping people in communities with high levels of crime and violence from neighborhood watchdogs make their neighborhoods safer.

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