Mayor Wendy Perrette was celebrating homecoming at her alma mater’s football game last night when gunfire outside the Bogalusa High School stadium sent people scattering and claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy.
“I have had enough of senseless violence,” Perrette said this morning. “Our entire community is fed up with it. People ask me how we’re going to stop it, and my answer is this: We have to stop it together.
“Our police department is well-trained, well-equipped and well-staffed, but unless we have a police officer on every corner, preventing violence is the responsibility of our entire city,” Perrette said. “Police must have the cooperation of every single citizen in both preventing and solving crime. Faith community leaders must step up. Parents must do their jobs. Police alone cannot do this. I cannot do this alone.
“While our law enforcement personnel investigate Friday’s murder, they need our support and help,” Perrette said. “Somebody knows who is responsible for this horror, and it is your obligation to come forward. I’m in regular communication with Bogalusa Police, and will issue further statements as appropriate.”