Gang Truce Summit held to stop violence in community
Gang Truce Summit takes place at Fountainlife Center in Southwest Houston
HOUSTON – In the wake of so many officer-involved shootings, about 300 people met Saturday afternoon to discuss ways to stop the violence in their community.
The Gang Truce Summit took place at the Fountainlife Center in Southwest Houston. Grandmothers like LaTanya Walker attended because she's worried about her grandkids' futures.
"I want to see my 7-year-old and my 2-year-old grandsons live a life where they're happy and they're not afraid to walk out the door," Walker said.
Leaders from the movement No More Bloodshed are trying to find ways to prevent more unnecessary deaths.
"Our desire today is to create one Houston, no matter your faith, what side of town you live in," said pastor E.A. Deckard. "We're all coming together to encourage and inspire this generation."
Whether it's by helping people find jobs or an education, it's all part of a bigger plan to make a change.
"There's not enough hope in our community, so we're bringing back hope by every means," Deckard said.
While residents like Walker know change doesn't come easy, they said they're willing to do whatever it takes.
"It only takes one person to make a difference and if I can be that person I want to be that person," Walker said.
No More Bloodshed plans to hold more Gang Truce Summits across the Houston area over the next few months.
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