Experts offer ways to help decrease violence

Experts offer ways to help decrease violence
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The rising number of murders in Memphis is a problem police are struggling to control.

This year is already the worst year we have seen in a while.

A military vet and a mother of three are just two of the 41 people killed in Memphis since January 1.

According to the numbers, the start of 2016 is more violent than the previous three years before.

Memphis police released numbers showing that so far in 2016, there have been 41 homicides.

During the same time frame in 2015, there were 25 homicides, in 2014 there were 24, and in 2013, there were 21.

"Everyday we are losing somebody," intervention worker Delvin Lane said.

Lane works with 901 BLOC Squad and said some of the violence on Memphis' streets is tracked back to a 'fast cash and easy money' mentality.

"They robbing, a lot of the robbing turns into shooting, and the shooting into retaliation," Lane said.

Lane works with troubled youth to tone down gun violence.

It's a hard job that he says could be made a lot easier if parents and older Memphians stepped in to help.

"If you take that gun away from that kid, no one is going to be robbed or shot," Lane said.

He said neighborhood watch groups help as well, but believes before a change can happen on the streets, it must happen in the mind of Memphis' young people.

"We have to show our kids working hard for a slow dollar will mean them living a life of longevity," Lane said.

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