Packed Town Hall Meeting On Violence In Prince George's County

11:47 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police may have made a recent arrest for the murder of a Prince George's County teen, but people who live in the county say they want to stop the violence before it starts.

Radio One of Washington DC (93.9 WKYS, Majic 102.3, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450 AM and WYCB 1340) held a "State of Emergency" Town Hall meeting Monday night at the Suitland Recreation Center.

An estimated 350 people streamed in throughout the night to talk about solutions, in the wake of six unrelated murders of Prince George's County public school students. 

The event was hosted by 93.9 WKYS personalities Angie Ange and Anwan Glover. The panel included several Prince George's County community leaders including representatives including, County Executive Rushern Baker's office, Police Chief Mark Magaw, and State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. 

Chief Magaw says the community is helping, "We've had an increase of 300% in crime-solver tips and that's tremendous, that means that the community is engaged with us and helping us solve these crimes and that's what's important." 

Radio personality and actor Anwan Glover has been shot several times before, and his son was even shot for his shoes. He's made it from these streets and is hoping kids will listen.

"Just let them know, if you're at the bus stop and somebody comes up, you can always get a jacket or a pair of tennis shoes again, you can't get your life again."

Tiffany White is an educator at a Prince George's County middle school.  She came to talk to the panel.

"We need to do intervention now in order to make sure that they don't drop out from high school. I came to the school three years ago and some of the kids that I see have dropped out already," she said.

White says parents need to stay involved through middle school and beyond. And says, not just the moms, the dads too. 

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has emerged as a strong voice and says everyone plays a part.

"This is a caring community and you know what our resolve grows stronger every day."

Police say they've solved four of the six murders. If you have any information that might help them solve the remaining two, they ask you to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. 

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