During a Waco City Council meeting Tuesday where Waco Police Chief Sheryl Victorian provided updates on violent crimes, Barefield said she felt as if “we are under attack,” calling for leaders to be “where the problems are” in addressing youth violence.
“In a community as small as ours we are all connected so it feels like, whether you knew them or not, you know somebody who did, somebody whose life was affected because they were slain. … We can’t boast of accomplishments if we are burying high school football players,” Barefield said, referring to recent gun violence.
Davis also knew Tydreun Felder and said he participated in Mentor Waco, recalling him as a good kid who was at “the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“For me it was a wakeup call that we have to get more funding, we have to get more support to these organizations so their reach can be wider, so we don’t lose certain kids,” Davis said.
Bledsoe, who graduated from University High School along with three other members of The New Black Collective in 2010, said that losing another University student is always hard.
“It’s always sad and it is always in my brain of what could have been different,” Bledsoe said. “What could have changed that trajectory?”
No stranger to gun violence, Bledsoe said a big part of advocating is to show up and help develop plans to help address the issues.
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