MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In a push to end crime on South Florida’s streets, locals took a walk against violence that ended at the spot where 8-year old Jada Page was shot and killed.READ MORE: Family, Friends Gathered To Remember Erika Verdecia, Convicted Killer Charged In Her Murder
Community leaders, police officers, and other local organizations went door-to-door to give valuable information to residents living in a neighborhood where violence has grown to be a part of their everyday lives.
“The Miami-Dade Police Department and Director Juan Perez are very passionate about addressing violent crime and gang activity especially here in the North end of the county,” said Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter.
They have joined forces with Walking One Stop – a community-based organization to combat violence by providing residents with valuable information.READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
“The idea is to go door-to-door, explaining several services from childhood care, housing utilities…..We have partnered with the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the police department,” said Sophia Montenegro with the Public Defender’s Office.
Just last month, 8-year-old Jada Page was shot and killed outside of her home. Miami-Dade Police believe the bullets were meant for her father but Jada was struck in the head. It is in her neighborhood where the Walking One Stop motorcade is concentrating their efforts. Residents living in this crime-stricken neighborhood feel it’s a step in the right direction.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida
“I think it’s important. It will help make the community a safer place,” said resident Joey Diaz.