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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - Neighbors in Broadmoor say every step counts when it comes to curbing crime.

Residents marched with police through parts of Broadmoor, led by the Lafayette Academy Charter School marching band.

They stopped in solidarity at an especially significant site near Washington Avenue and Broad Street. There have been three murders in front of Kajun Express Seafood in the last two years.

The most recent happened March 4 in broad daylight.

'We don't typically have violent crime in our area, so when we do, that's a major concern,' said Kelli Wright, president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

Wednesday night, police released surveillance video of the suspected gunman. You can see him in a hooded sweatshirt, running from the scene after the victim falls to the ground in the background.

Officials also say police have been cracking down on drug trafficking in the area with the help of community tips, last week busting a nearby business for allegedly selling crack cocaine and heroin.

'We've made several significant narcotic arrests in that area, and we really do feel that's going to help reduce the violent crime in this area,' said 2nd District Cmdr. Paul Noel.

The commercial corridor at Washington and Broad is on the verge of a major transformation, said Cantrell.

'Over $15 million is being invested into this commercial node that was dormant for over 25 years,' she said.

Cantrell believes new businesses, opening through public-private partnerships, will help curb crime in the area.

The recent murder is also prompting nearby businesses to consider installing a network of crime cameras, which will likely be up by June, said Cantrell.

'We are a strong community, we will not allow ourselves to be victimized in our own neighborhoods,' said Cantrell.

'We are building that as a business corridor and we want everybody to feel safe and support those businesses and if they don't those businesses won't succeed,' said Wright.

For now, residents said it's important to join together, and with one voice, speak out against violence.

If you have any information about this month's murder at Washington Avenue and Broad Street, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

You don't have to leave your name and could get a $2,500 cash reward.

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