With another teen shot to death, leaders in Southeast Raleigh are calling for action bold enough to grab the attention of the White House.
Early Monday morning, police found Rodriquez D’Shay Burrell shot muliple times at 500 Haywood St. Shortly afterward, activist Daniel Coleman called for citizens to march and pray through the neighborhood on Saturday in hopes of reclaiming the streets from violent youth crime. They will meet in front of the vacant lot at 500 E. Cabarrus St. at noon.
"My friends," Coleman wrote in an e-mail to community leaders, "this madness has to stop."
But just last week, Raleigh's black leadership called for a nationwide summit or panel that would address youth violence's cause from every angle. Hopes are that an event would be large and innovative enough to attract the attention of President Barack Obama. Perhaps each legislator across the state could forward a resolution to Washington calling for attention to the problem, said Bruce Lightner, who said his Raleigh funeral home buried four youths last year.
"It needs to be put on his radar screen," Lightner said in a meeting at The News & Observer. "We can start a groundwell."