HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Lifelong Hampton resident Keith Lloyd said more patrols and more security might help stem youth violence, but he believes many kids are influenced by gun toting heroes on television and in the movies.
"A lot of kids got that bad boy image," said Lloyd. "They want to be a bad boy. They want to be tough. They want to be on top of things. Basically when you want to be what you can't be, you have to have a boost to get there."
A seeming uptick in youth with guns is not a problem that Hampton is in alone. It's a nationwide problem, according to Councilman Will Moffett, who called a special meeting of community and city leaders to discuss the issue on Saturday, June 1.
This meeting comes after 16-year-old Ralphael Davis was killed last Saturday after he left a carnival in Hampton. Three others were wounded, treated and released from a local hospital, according to police. Two teens have been charged with killing Davis.
"Community leaders, as well as staff, will debrief, and it is my hope we will have a process, a movement that is led by the community, because government can't do it all for us," Moffett said.
Lloyd is planning to attend, and told WAVY.com, "People need to get together and get a solution for all of this. It's just too much going on. I think it's needed."
That meeting is set to take place at the Y-H Thomas Community Center off Thomas Street in Hampton beginning a noon.
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