Allendale deputies say community must fight violence

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Five, July 23, 2007

29-year-old Laurice Garvin was shot dead outside a neighbor's home Sunday night. It is the latest in a string of shootings in Allendale.

News 12 talked with the victim's mother. She says, "I'm hurt and I'm mostly hurt because they took my child from me and he had changed his life. The police got a lead on who did it but no one came and talk to me."

Sargent Steven Robinson of the Allendale County Sheriff's office says they're understaffed. He's calling on the community to help curb the violence. Robinson says, "We're very short on manpower we're doing the best that we can, but we need the community's help."

Another man was shot Saturday not far from the scene of Sunday's crime. Two shootings in two days has people worried this could be the begginning of a violent trend.

Local resident, Hassie Campfield says, "Crime is becoming an issue here and it doesn't seem like they're getting to the bottom of nothing."


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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Allendale on Jul 25, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    The crime is worse in allendale,since murder cases has happened and nothing is being done about it. That's why they continue to do it over and over.Police in allendale focus on stupid stuff instead of more serious crimes.For one they don't take the citizens serious and that's a known fact which is wrong. Starting with the officers they suppose to be role models for allendale county but they do what the police do!(Kill).
  • by A concern citizen Location: Allendale on Jul 24, 2007 at 11:03 PM
    Yes the crime in Allendale is getting worse. But you can't say its mainly the young black men. It's the white and the black. We as a whole must come together and help each other. Starting with the sheriff and police officers. Yes, there are some that don't need to be on the force. They want the community to fight the violence; but who going to help the community when the violence come to the community. Two months ago the young man Laurice Garvin had a gun put to his head and he reported it to the police but nothing was done. Now the young man is dead.Laurice, went to the officers for help, but was turned away. It's not only the young mens it's the sherriff and police department to. They suppose to be there to serve and protect you.
  • by Petra Location: Allendale on Jul 24, 2007 at 03:04 PM
    Crime in our community is a growing problem mainly with our young black men; we need parents, community officials, and our local law enforcement to provide a haven for those who feel that their only avenue is crime and a safer place for other citizens to live.
  • by jessica Location: wadley on Jul 23, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    What are the people of augusta really gone do about the crime in AUG,looks to be getting worst and worst as the day goes by
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