Group formed to help keep Near Northside community students safe going to and from school

HOUSTON – Safe Walk Home Northside kicked off it's second year of protecting students on Monday in the Near Northside community.

The group formed in the aftermath of the stabbing death of Josue Flores.

Flores was attacked by an unknown assailant in May 2016 as he walked home from Marshall Middle School.

Members handed out water and snacks at the start and end of the school day at Marshall so the children would be familiar with their faces in the neighborhood.

"It matters because this is a very dangerous neighborhood. This is a very high crime area. Very little has changed, and we're hoping in our second year that we can see some more," said founder Stella Mireles-Walters.

The group plans to stand on street corners and canvass the neighborhood in vehicles to keep close watch on students as they make their way to and from school.

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