LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) – A community meeting in Batesburg-Leesville on Wednesday night will address gun violence after an 11-year-old girl was killed by random gunfire.
The whole community is shaken by what happened to Ta’Shya Jay.
She was shot and killed while visiting a friend’s house in Rocky Lane Trailer Park on June 9. She was inside the house when someone outside got into an argument and started spraying bullets in the area.
Now the public has come together in hopes of finding ways to prevent such a horrible thing from happening again in the future.
“We were shocked,” said Stephen Cain, Batesburg-Leesville city councilor. “We cried, but now is the time to act. So we no longer have parents to relive that.
Cain came up with the idea of a community meeting.
He knows Ta’Shya’s mother. Cain says there will be a large turnout based on Facebook chatter.
“I only expect standing places and the participation will show how important the issue is,” he said. “But if only three come, we will still find solutions to hopefully end gun violence.”
Cain says they will talk about a few options, like reopening the community college so the city can train skilled workers and recruit higher paying jobs in an industrial park.
He believes that a hard working community has a lower crime rate and he wants to talk about conflict resolution.
“These people were between 30 and 40 years old and never learned conflict resolution, so they took a gun,” he said.
Ta’Shya’s mother is expected to attend the meeting.
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Cain says after Wednesday night’s meeting, city council will meet and vote on some resolutions.
He said the other girl injured in the shooting that killed Ta’Shya was released from the hospital and is doing well physically, but he says she and her mother are suffering from the survivor’s guilt.
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