Pastors urge 2-year-old's killers to come forward

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Local ministers are working together to bring justice to Laylah Washington, the two-year-old who was shot and killed in a suspected road rage.

These pastors are leaving their pulpits hoping to reach the shooter or shooters, and praying they do what's right.

"Enough is enough," Pastor Ralph White said.

After retaliation and death threats were made toward the suspects, several local pastors decided to share their contact information, encouraging the suspects to reach out for help, with the promise of a safe passage to jail for those responsible for Laylah's death.

"If they are afraid, we're there for them," Pastor Ralph White said. "This is something that we're experienced in doing. The worst thing to do is to do nothing."

Their main goal is finding justice, and they believe somebody knows something. The pastors said you know who you are, so please come forward.

"To those individuals that are perpetrating crime, we love you. We are appealing to you to turn yourselves in," Pastor Greg Stokes said. "Do this as peacefully as possible."

Pastor Lynn Brown spoke about how fundamental change in the community starts with a change in mindset and changes in the home.

Memphis Police Department is still looking to talk with the persons of interest seen in a dark four-door sedan following the family's car on Winchester Road.

"Inevitably they will be caught, but we want them to turn themselves in," Pastor White said.

Community activists joined the pastors Wednesday morning at a press conference as police, now on Day 11, continue searching for the men responsible.

"If you want to say it was a mistake, say it was a mistake, but come forward," =community activist Frank Gotti said. "Y'all know what y'all did."

The pastors want to pray with the men responsible, and many say they'll even personally walk them down to 201 Poplar.

"Talking ain't gone change nothing, you have to change the mindset of the people in the street," Bishop Flynn Brown said.

"Within the next few weeks, we will be taking to the streets with an initiative to bring your young men in and let them know that we are concerned about what's happening and we are there for them," Pastor White said.

They said young people simply need something positive to do,

"There are people in the streets who don't think the church give a doggone about them," Bishop Brown said. "They've got to love them."

The pastors will host a community meeting Tuesday, June 27 at Bloomfield Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

They urge the men responsible to come forward and call police or call their pastor. Pastor White even said if you want, call him at 901-481-3320.

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