Equally Yoked Outreach works to raise awareness about violent crime in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Violent crimes seem to be on an uptick throughout the wiregrass.

According to neighborhoodscout.com, Dothan is only safer than 5% of other cities of varying sizes across the nation.

Here in Dothan, the criminals seem to get younger and younger.

“The target age of people committing these crimes in Dothan is 17-25,” Parole Officer for Dothan Police Department, L. Driskall said. “These are the ones who are committing the heinous and violent crimes throughout the city.”

The responsibility falls on the parents, sure, but they are trying their best to raise their kids right, with food on the table.

“I’m tired of hearing, “Woah, what are the parents doing.?!?” Working,” said a concerned parent. “Not all of us our here, I don’t club, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do anything but work.”

So equally Yoked Outreach is trying to combine forces with other organizations throughout the Wiregrass in order to get to the root of the situation.

But how do they plan on solving the issue?

“Reestablish a connection with the youth and get them comfortable enough to talk to us,” Equally Yoked Outreach Director, Derrick Oliver said. “There are too many young people walking around with guns. And they feel afraid, and we need to figure out what’s causing this fear, what’s causing this aggravation, and what’s causing this absolute disdain for human life and then fix that.”

One Wiregrass native, impacted by both sides of violent crimes says no one wins when a life is taken.

“I grew up down here in Dothan and I’ve been on both sides of the barrel and there is no one victim,” concerned citizen Christopher Russell said. “Everybody is a victim when it comes to violence, and we just wanted to bring some positivity into the community especially for these kids.”

If you need any assistance feel free to contact equally yoked on Facebook at “Helping Teens in the Wiregrass” or email equallyyoked21519@gmail.com.

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