Opelousas Police Department rallies community leaders together to fight the war against crime in Opelousas

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This after 3 homicides over the past 28 days; something the city has never seen before

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 5:50pm

The city of Opelousas has experienced three homicides within a month, something the city has never seen before. In light of this the Oplelousas Police Department along with leaders in the community came together today to send a message out to the public. The message is that those in the community that obey the law continue to be safe. The crimes the city is facing are criminals killing criminals, and it's going to take an effort from everyone in the community to stop these crimes. Chief Gallow is even calling this an all-out war against crime in Opelousas.

"We have to have the cooperation of parents who instill their children, instill them the choices that you make will affect the rest of your life," says Chief Perry Gallow, Opelousas Police Department.

"We're all fighting it. We're committed to the fight. We're committed to each other to work with Opelousas police, state police, DEA, ATF, and everybody else that wants to work with us to help make this parish and this city safer," says Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, St. Landry Parish Sheriffs Office.

"I believe that it is our chance now to make a difference, and I believe that we just must say to our youngsters it is not acceptable for violence," says Earl Taylor, District Attorney for St. Landry parish.

Displayed at the press conference today were stolen guns the police department recovered in 2013. Three people have been arrested and charged with second degree murder for each of the three homicides this month, including thirty-two year old Nathaniel McCoy Jr., twenty-one year old Diovanni LaFountian, and twenty-three year old Joshua Goodley.

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