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Community program hopes to help teens avoid violence

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Violence involving younger age groups is a developing pattern in Shreveport.

High school coach and parent Rickey Evans is no stranger to working against violence in the community. In April, he launched a program called Brothers Helping Brothers to teach teens life skills and conflict resolution. He started the program after one of his athletes, 17-year-old Devin Myers, passed away.

“I just think these kids are lost and they don’t value their lives, so they don’t value other people’s lives. Everyone has to be of one mind and work together to even trying to curb it, because these kids are drinking alcohol, taking pills, smoking weed, so it’s not a simple fix,” Evans said.

He says that as a parent you want your child to enjoy being a teenager and not be afraid to let them hang out and have fun.

“It’s getting closer and closer to me. Earlier this year we lost Devin and he was one of my kids who played for me. This party that was actually happening, my son was attending and the shooting happened on the street at the store just around the corner from this party. Immediately when I saw the video I started calling trying to find my son to see where he was. The violence and all of that is getting closer and closer to my home, so it’s just trying to figure out not just what we’re doing to protect other kids, but also what I’m doing to protect mine,” Evans said.

He says he is coming up with new initiatives for the community, the first step being to bring the teenagers together despite the problems they have with each other.