Stopping Gun Violence In South Nashville

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-27 23:54:32-05

Almost one year ago, 23-year-old Monte Watson was shot and killed on the corner of Robertson and Lewis street, leaving this Thanksgiving especially hard for the Watson family.

But Friday night, South Nashville gathered as one for a walk to stop gun violence in their community.

"When you look across the street at the fence that NDHA has put up, they are blocked and fenced in on the sidewalk going into folks homes. Now they're treating them like caged animals out here," said Bishop Marcus Campbell of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

The walk was to honor Watson who was shot multiple times by two men wearing black clothing. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Partners in the Struggle Organization is uniting the South Nashville community to walk through the JC Napier and homes.

Organizers said the goal is to stop the gun violence and murders in this community. According to Campbell, he knows the feeling all too well of trying to comfort a mother whose son was gunned down just three months ago.

"It hurts to see mothers cry when brother Jordan pass out the plaques in loving memory of their child. These mothers stare at these plaques as if that's the only thing they have left to hold on to of their child," said Campbell.

The Hermitage Precinct Police Officers were also there participating in the walk.