After three shootings within a six-month period outside the Westwood Community Center, residents in the neighborhood are asking Memphis Mayor A C Wharton to help make their community a safer place.
The Westwood Neighborhood Association is holding its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 25 but this year it won't just be neighborhood residents at that meeting. Mayor Wharton will also be there to help come up with a plan to cut back on violence.
In January to teens were shot outside the Charles E. Powell Community Center, the same place where an 18-year-old father was shot and killed in September.
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Police said the January incident was sparked at nearby Westwood High School and spilled over in the community center parking lot.
Concerned citizens are hoping that same parking lot is full come Monday at 6 p.m. for the association's annual meeting. The meeting with the mayor is expected to last upwards of 90 minutes.
Some Westwood neighbors plan on voicing their concerns to the mayor. They say they're fed up with not feeling safe inside their own homes. Despite the violence many refuse to give up on their neighborhood. They still are holding onto their dream of a sleepy Westwood that will one day come true.