Neighbors organize event to stop local violence

Saturday, May 31st 2008, 8:56 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

Two women face murder charges for the shooting death of an 18-year-old girl at an Oklahoma City park.

Vontina Tyler, 25, and 19-year-old Tanisha Jones have been arrested for the murder of Shonda Hamilton at North Highland Park earlier this month.

Now, neighbors are doing something about the violence. They're walking, but this group's walk has a purpose.

Alice White and her family took to the streets with large signs -- urging those living in this area to stop the violence.

The folks who live around this Highland Park neighborhood said they live in fear and many of them have stopped going to the park where Hamilton was gunned down a few weeks ago.

White said this area needs an outreach program for the children and hopes the march will encourage others to stand up and speak out against the senseless acts of violence that have plagued the area.

"They looking at us like, ‘Thank God, finally at last someone has recognized us'," White said.

White organized the walk, though she doesn't even live in the area. She said God is the one who came to her and told her to do something about the violence and organize the event.