Few Show Up For Farmville Crime Prevention Meeting

A crime prevention meeting took on added significance Thursday night when the monthly Pitt County meeting made a stop in Farmville where three young men were murdered in earlier this month.

It was just over two weeks ago that three young men in Farmville were murdered at their family owned convenience store. But despite the recent crime in the small community, community leaders were somewhat disappointed at the number of residents who attended the town hall

Letoya Chavis was among the handful of people who showed up. "I'm all about making a better community and safer community. We shouldn't be afraid just because something happened. I feel like it starts at home, but it also starts with the parent coming out and showing that they play a part in the community as a whole and society has to come together as a whole in order to make this a better place."

And Farmville police agree that more positive role models would likely prevent the high number of young violent criminals. Police Chief Donnie Green says, "When you have younger kids that don't have somebody in their life or a role model, they often look for other avenues. A lot of the times, those other avenues are not people that you want."

Chief Greene says community communication is also key. He says it was because of the community's involvement that they were able to locate suspects in the triple murder and another double in Greenville recently.

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