Group urges communication, peace in wake of recent shootings

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Group urges communication, peace in wake of recent shootings

Published Monday, August 1, 2011   |  512 Words  |  

The fear felt by some residents after a violent week in northern Beaufort County seems all too familiar to Beaufort County Councilman Herbert Glaze.

In the summer of 2008, a rash of deadly shootings in northern Beaufort County claimed five lives, resulted in nearly 20 arrests and prompted Glaze to create Citizens Against Violence Everywhere, a community group to stymie area gun violence.

Many of the 16 shootings tallied that year between July 5 and Sept. 1 occurred in Glaze's district in Burton.

The councilman said that unease returned to his district and other parts of Beaufort last week after four incidents of gun violence within a week, including a daytime drive-by shooting near the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center and the twilight shooting death of 28-year-old Travis Sentell Holmes at a Subway restaurant in Beaufort.

Holmes, who was involved in the shootings in 2008, was arrested for assault with intent to kill for allegedly participating in a recent drive-by shooting on Beeburst Lane. He was shot by an unknown gunman weeks later in retaliation, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Glaze said residents must do more to prevent violence.

"We've got to be more proactive," he said. "Crime is only what we allow in our community."

In response to the recent shootings, Glaze said CAVE plans to host more events similar to one last month at Whale Branch Early College High School, where area ministers, students and parents spoke out against violence, drugs and gangs.

"The young people are afraid about what's going on, and they don't want to talk about it," Glaze said. "We're not going anywhere, though. CAVE is not going away. We're going to do all we can to change their minds."

Beaufort police and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office have arrested four people in connection with the recent shootings, including 23-year-old Rajerick Knight, who was arrested Friday in Jacksonville, Fla., and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting at Subway.

Authorities have said they could not have made those arrests without witnesses and residents supplying tips and information. Glaze said that spirit of cooperation must continue.

"We must realize that the police are here to support us," Glaze said. "They're here to help. They're not villains. They're not the enemy. If the people committing these crimes see that we're going to stay adamant and we're going to stay aggressive, we can reduce this kind of violence."

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