The only way he can describe the apparent rash of violent crime against young victims recently, is outraged.
“We need to take our community back from these thugs and criminals that don’t want to be a part of it,” says M.A.D.D.A.D.S. Jacksonville Vice President AJ Jordan.
The organization- Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder- is going door-to-door this evening in the Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood where a weekend shooting claimed the life of on young teen and sent another to the hospital, still fighting for her life. Jordan says they want to speak to everyone living in the area, asking them to call Crime Stoppers with any information they have.
“You don’t have to be a prisoner in your community, you can take a stand against these criminals that you’re not gunna come in and terrorize our neighborhoods,” he says.
13-year-old Jazmine Shelton died in the weekend shooting. Her home on Missouri Street was shot dozens of times. Her friend 14-year-old Megan Simmons remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Jordan says this is one of too many vigils and neighborhood canvasses they’ve held recently. M.A.D.D.A.D.S. also canvassed a Westside neighborhood looking for answers on the death of Amber Bass, who was shot and killed in her Westside driveway after a night out with friends.
Few leads have been released in either case so far. Jordan says the community normally holds the key to finding those responsible.
“We’re gunna fight back and we’re gunna find you and put you in jail where you belong,” he says.
Tonight’s canvass begins at 6:30 PM at Missouri Street off Edgewood Avenue. Jordan says it’s open to anyone interested to come out and show support for the young girls and their families