In Crowley, there have been five shootings and two fatalities in the past few months. On Tuesday night, community leaders met with parents, pastors and concerned citizens to discuss ideas for an upcoming rally in January.
Similar to a Stop the Violence rally held in October, Bishop Louis Dugar invited ex-gang member and present day motivational speaker, Reverend Charles Elder Banks, Sr, to spearhead the meeting and rally.
"We grew up similar. His lifestyle was a lot different than mine," Dugar explained. "He lived the rugged lifestyle."
Banks said this meeting was to show the community what it will take to make it safe.
"The community has to come together. Not just one, one person can't do anything. It takes the whole community. You might not think it makes a difference but if we can save just one soul, then it makes a difference "
Stopping violence is the theme of the meeting and rally, but Banks said violence can never go away.
"There's going to be violence. There's going to be violence in the community, you can't completely stop it, but what you can do is educate the people and inspire them to make there are safer."
The rally will take place January 12th, at 11am, and will start at the Martin Luther King Center in Crowley.