Local Rev. Challenges Community to Stop the Violence

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Four people were killed in Little Rock this week alone.

The latest homicide happened just last night at an apartment complex on Mabelvale Cut Off.

Now, a local reverend is asking city leaders and the community to step up in an effort to prevent more violent crimes from happening.

Mary Anderson lost her cousin to murder this week.

Police say a family member stabbed to death LRSD employee Debbie Bush.

Anderson said, "It hurts, it really hurts. It still hurts right now."

Police also call the death of former officer Todd Payne a homicide.

Ean Bordeaux says he tackled Payne to the ground after Payne started his hot dog cart on fire early Friday morning.

Bordeaux said, "I see a masked white man, and this is the hood, so I don't know what masked white-men are doing in the ghetto."

Payne died from his injuries.

So far, no arrests have been made in that case.

And late last night...another homicide.

Little Rock police say someone shot 25-year old Lenard Montgomery at an apartment complex.

Reverend Benny Johnson -- with the organization Stop The Violence -- says enough is enough.

He's asking for help curbing crime in the Capitol City.

He said, "I want to challenge the mayor to come out and work with these programs."

Rev. Johnson says the mayor can lead the way by working with Stop The Violence and community churches to hold peaceful, positive events.

Rev. Johnson said, "So we can put an end to the madness that's going on in our city."

He also says mentoring teens can help prevent future crime and protect the people of Little Rock.

Investigators are still searching for the shooter in Friday night's murder.

Also, charges are pending in the death of 61-year-old Kenneth Patterson.

Little Rock police say his wife stabbed him this week and then tried to kill herself.

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