NEW ORLEANS -- Silence is Violence is teaming up with a host of neighborhood groups Tuesday night to throw a block party in support of peace during the National Night Out Against Crime.
Central City has seen its fair share of deadly violence in recent months. High-profile cases include the murders of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels, who police say was shot by gunmen walking with her babysitter in the 2800 block of South Saratoga Street.
That was followed by the death of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles, who was hit by a stray bullet while she slept. The NOPD says the gunmen opened fire outside the girl's house in the 1300 block of General Odgen Street.
Central City residents and businesses hope that this annual showing of unity will help to curb crime in this murder-laden community.
“Murders, shootings are not the norm. And folks have succumbed to what has happened around them and they’re numb. We want release that numbness and gauge the community and let them understand that we can become the change that we want to see,” said Tamara Jackson of Silence is Violence.
The block party wraps up at 9 p.m. on O.C. Haley Boulevard.