BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Community leaders and authorities are asking people to stop the violence as the number of murders rise during the summer.
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, there have been 22 homicides in the last 45 days. That's almost a murder every other day. It's a significant increase in the number of deaths from the same period last year. District Attorney Hillar Moore said during the summer months there is usually a spike in murders because it's hot, kids are out of school, and people are off of work.
"It just seems to happen in the summer time," said Moore. "Hopefully communities can take back their own communities and our faith base can continue to echo the message of non-violence."
Keon Preston is with Together We Stand, Divided We Fall, an organization that aims to bring the community together to fight violence. He said there needs to be a bigger presence.
"I believe if the preachers and elected officials are seen more in the communities and if the community would work with the police and help them solve these vicious crimes, a lot of this stuff will stop," said Preston
Many homicides still need to be solved. If you have any information that can help authorities, please contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.