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East Side Crime Calls Local Church to Action

According to KSAT, the drive-by shooting death of a 4-year-old boy as he slept in his family’s East Side home last week has triggered a call for action from a faith-based group.

On Tuesday, member of the group, Bridging the Gap, met at the Redeemer’s Praise Church on the city’s East Side to discuss their concerns over the ongoing problem of violent crime that has plagued the area.

“I believe that the East Side has lost hope, but we’re here to change that,” said Andrew Bowie, pastor of the Victory Gospel Chapel.

The key to finding solutions is consistency and unity, according to Pastor, Jimmy Robles, of Last Chance Ministries.

“I believe that united, holding hands and lifting up our hands, we can win this battle,” he said.

Robles praised community leaders, including the district attorney and police chief, for their commitment to addressing the East Side crime problem.

He called on members of the clergy to unify their efforts.

“I see a lot of churches that are closed down, open only on Sunday mornings and that’s it,” Robles said. “If the bars are open, why can’t we be open?”

He said that a proactive approach that includes prayer, but also includes action, is the first step toward finding a solution.

“If we all get together and continue to believe together and put action out there, be out in the streets helping, things are going to change,” said Pastor Shetigho Agbuke, of Redeemer’s Praise Church.

Crime Statistics

Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
  • The crime rate for the state of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and younger.
  • Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
  • There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
  • 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
  • There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2015 Statistics:

  • Every 9 seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorney

A more proactive approach to making the East Side safer is exactly what it needs. The people are scared and do not feel safe due to the large amount of crime. Spiritual guidance and healing will go a long way in helping the residents feel safer, but the victims of these tragedies need more than spiritual support. They need legal support too. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a wrongful death at the hands of someone else, contact our law office and let us help you with your options.