Neighborhood Morale Boost After Two Murders
CHARLOTTE, NC- An East Charlotte neighborhood is trying to bounce back after two fatal shootings in two weeks.
The last murder in Grier Heights was last month, but some residents say an event today brought a glimmer of hope.
"This is good. This is real good. Especially for the kids and for me as well," said Nina Cannon, a Grier Heights residents.
Families at the Grier Heights Summer Extravaganza on Saturday were hopeful after a month plagued by bad news.
"People continue to just focus on that. So, I think that when people see that everyone can come together with no problems. Just building a stronger community. That's what we need over here in Grier Heights," said Keisha Coxe, with Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec.
Officer Dan Kellough is CMPD’s Grier Heights community coordinator and one of eight officers to play in a basketball tournament at the event. he says the neighborhood's mood is on the up-swing and days like this help the aftermath of the murders pass quickly.
"It's just a positive step toward a new direction. That direction is a safe environment for the neighborhood," said Kellough.
Organizers are putting more focus on getting kids involved in activities like skating, soccer or step teams to keep their focus off the streets and on something positive.
"They're running around the neighborhood and can't really go nowhere, so they're getting in trouble. So, an even like this is really good for them" said Tony Wright, a Grier Heights resident.
Organizers say there's still a lot of work to be done after the event.
"It's going to take more. This is the first step,” said Coxe.
Cannon and Wright say they’ve seen a lot more police patrolling the neighborhood since last month's shooting.
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