LSU Study: Crime, blight lead to children’s inactivity

NEW ORLEANS – Crime is unfortunately no stranger to the New Orleans East neighborhood near the corner of Reynes and Warfield Streets.

There have been three shootings in the area since the beginning of the year, including a murder there Monday night. Neighbors are reluctant to let their kids play outside because of the violence.

“The kids are afraid to play because they don’t know who’s going to pass by and shoot,” one neighbor said. “It’s dangerous for the children to walk the street. It’s dangerous for me to go to the store.”

“What are you going to do, let your kid out there and then go bury him the next day?” neighbor Lou Murray asked. “The shootings and just hearing the sirens of the police and ambulances spooks the little kids around here.”

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