Crimes on Crockett Street Have Neighbors Looking For Solutions
(Memphis) -”If this ain’t an eye opener for the community, what is?” says Lakesha Holmes as she reads from a memorial.
It’s a personal message from a widow to the killers of her murdered husband.
“So please I am begging you to let it stop here. No more blood shed. No more tears,” reads Holmes.
She wrote the tribute to her late husband Marion Holmes, who was killed on Crockett Place in North Memphis January 22, 2013.
Family believes it was a robbery.
Holmes tried to get away, the robber shot him as he ran.
The killer is still on the loose.
It’s just one of the deadly bullets fired on Crockett
Another memorial, just steps away, is for Amos “Boo” Pearl, who was shot and killed on Crockett last September.
Neighbors say he was shot by gang members upset Pearl and his brother tried to break up a fight.
“When they got down there the young guys that started the problem just opened fire. Pretty much that’s how it went down,” says Mikki Jackson who manages the Crockett Place Apartments on Crockett Street.
Crockett Place is less than a half mile long but police know it well.
“We pretty much try to stay over here as much as we can,” says Colonel Clete Knight with the Memphis Police Department.
In the last year they averaged two calls a month to Crockett and stepped up patrols, hoping to crack down on crime.
“Twenty-seven reports. Out of those, 33-percent were drug reports,” says Colonel Knight.
Two of the calls were murders.
Police say cleaning up Crockett and other areas in North Memphis boils down to getting neighbors on board.
“The police department is not gonna be able to come out and arrest their way out and make the neighborhood wave a magic wand because they made key arrest and everything is fine. That’s part of the puzzle. The other part is the neighborhood itself has to come together and take ownership,” says Colonel Knight.
He says the city must take care of blight and vacant homes that lead to crime
or there will be more street memorials.
“Unfortunately, you have these memorials that could be an innocent child, someone who had nothing to do with what the problem was, killed,” says Knight.
Lakesha Holmes just wants to know who murdered her husband.
She says since News Channel 3 started asking questions she is finally getting some answers from police.
“They should be knocking on door to door. With every crime there are witnesses somewhere,” says Holmes.
“They taking lives like they are taking candy. It’s unnecessary, a lot unnecessary,” says Jackson.
Jackson says police have made things better than they use to be on Crockett, but crime is still a big issue.
Lakeshia Holmes is planning an event soon to bring crime victims together.
She says it’s about doing something positive and bringing kids in the neighborhood hope.