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Officials announce BRAVE "call-out" initiative

Charles Okafor Jr. Charles Okafor Jr.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A large group of law enforcement professionals and other interested parties gathered Friday to proclaim the first BRAVE call-out in Baton Rouge a success.

According to Baton Rouge Police, murders are down 33 percent over this time last year and so is violent crime.

They have identified 38 individuals as high-risk offenders. They were basically given opportunities to straighten their lives before they get into serious trouble.

"Everyone who came in despite the backgrounds were well behaved, dressed appropriately no one said anything.  There wasn't any dialogue," said District Attorney Hillar Moore. "Strictly us giving them the message and make sure you take it back to your group."

One of the speakers to these young people is Rene Pete.  She is a victim's representative on the BRAVE team.  In July 2007, her oldest son, Charles Okafor Jr. was killed when he was shot in the chest.

"He started working as a bouncer in a club and that was his mistake to make extra money while he was in his last year of school and got to know some of the wrong people," said Pete.

Charles' nickname was "College Boy" because of his exceptional grades and frame.

"One day a guy asked him, 'You know, why don't you come ride with me to my girlfriend's house?' and he did that and never made it back home," said Pete.  "My son was big - 6'5" 260. They couldn't fight him so they shot him."

Charles told her two days before he was shot that he had a feeling his life would be cut short.  Rene took that as a divine message.

"That was a message through him from God to me to give people in their neighborhood the same love I gave him. And that's why I do what I do," said Pete.

District Attorney Moore says there will be one more call-out session this year.

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