Residents push for more security at community centers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A community is shocked after a man was gunned down near a basketball court last night died.

"People need to realize once you kill somebody they're gone."

The shooting comes just one week after community members spoke out about the need for better programs at centers across the city.

"Those community centers lack computer labs and wireless internet that children need to do anything as it relates to literacy in this city."

But before money is spent on programming, some said more attention should be placed on securing the facility and the property surrounding it.

"The security is the best that I've seen since I've been coming around here."

Bennie Cobb is a coach and trustee at the center and a former Sheriff's deputy.

He and a city spokesperson said police are always on site during summer business hours.

"They always say how they're trying to protect us and things," said Lakitha Brown.

Some parents said even more needs to be done to stop the violence at night and keep the bad guys away.

"The doors close at 7 I believe. It should be it. There should be no more hanging out," said Eva Brown.

Memphis Police ordered all officers who were working at schools in the summer to guard community centers during the summer.

A city spokesperson told WREG that plans are underway to add more security cameras at community centers next fiscal year.


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