Double Shooting Spurs Frayser Community Leaders To Host Neighborhood BBQ

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(Memphis) A double shooting in Frayser spurred the community to come together to send the message "not in my neighborhood."

The shooting victims were dropped off at a fire station on Overton Crossing Monday.

After hearing about the violence, community organizers decided to show that one shooting isn't going to ruin their progress in fighting crime, so they put on a BBQ.

The two people were shot just a block away from the event.

Some say the violence is partially caused because of a lack of community, which is why a BBQ was held there and the whole community was invited.

“Every fire has a spark and we hope this spark ignites this neighborhood like never before,” De’Andre Brown, executive director for Lifeline to Success, said during a prayer.

The event started with a prayer and then some footwork.

Blight Patrol members handed out flyers to people in the neighborhood and invited them to make a change in Frayser.

“Unity in the community, putting the neighbor back in the hood,” the flyer read.

“Do you think this community needs it?” asked reporter Sabrina Hall.

“Yes, ma'am. Because we have people around the corner getting shot. We need that,” said 13-year-old Jahvan Cook.

“We need to learn how to take our neighborhoods back in the right way, not by force but by love,” said Brown.

In light of a recent shooting and other violence on these Fraser streets, Lifeline to Success and community leaders organized an impromptu get-together with food on the grill, laughter, and fun.

Ex-offenders, like Jani McGowen, helped with invitations. Two of his brothers where shot and killed in this same neighborhood.

“I lost my brothers three weeks apart,” said McGowen.

Now he works with the Blight Patrol team, sprucing up the neighborhood that he once might have brought down.

“We train convicted felons on how to be positive productive citizens,” said Brown.

Tuesday, they helped a community see change is possible.

Brown believes much of the crime is because people don't care about their neighbors because they don't know them.

This was an effort to change that.


  • LaDarius

    This is headed in the right direction. Better than anything the mayor, police, or other government entity can provide. The citizens themselves, banding together, working together, …this will definitely alleviate past problems.

    I just hope that the leaders of Frayser continue to build and expand these projects, and also that the individual people/families support these endeavors. This type of unified community effort is key throughout all Shelby county, at the smallest “neighborhood” level.

  • David Carter

    Blacks suffered the most horrific tragedy in the history of this world. The holocaust doesn’t even compare. You people responsible, have not reaped one second since 1619. You people who are alive today will suffered the reaping in it’s entirety Enjoy being on top while you can.

    • mr.matt

      maybe you should invite over some slave owners from west africa and have thier slaves serve you bbq

    • joe

      David Carter, you’re a first class idiot..

      How about inviting some black slave owners over since they existed in the South, as well as the black tribesmen that sold other tribesmen into slavery too, or does your history books not teach that?

      Oh, and the first slave owner in the U.S.?


    • joe

      And what “reaping” are you referring to? All the whites are moving out of the inner cities, and the ones living in the country are armed to the teeth, so if you think a bunch of baggy pants hood rats are going to come out to the country with their glocks and start something, you better think again, they’ll trip on their pants trying to run from the rednecks and be sitting ducks.


  • Joe B Cencored

    I’m sure they are all “pastors”… A Church on every corner didnt work. I’m sure some BBQ will do the trick. This is news in Memphis??? We called it a joke in Cleveland!!! You are fly over country for a reason!!!

  • samuel

    It’s sad how people hide behind the world wide web and post these hideous remarks. I wont be cyber-arguing, so don’t worry. I think how this is behind 30 years while other cities are progressing economically, we are still racially stubborn.

  • David Carter

    The war you people are stock piling for, won’t be with Black people. Your real enemy will crush you worthless. Your Jesus and your holy ghost won;t be able to save or help you.

  • Brian

    Frayser residents have been ” Taking back our neighborhood!!” for 20 years and has produced no reductions of thugs shooting thugs. Don’t play with matches. Look before you cross the street. And never, ever choose to live in bloody Frayser.

    The time is NOW to move your family to a safer area.

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