NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The city of North Charleston saw 35 homicides in 2017 and recently an 18-year-old was found shot and killed on Bennett Yard Road. North Charleston’s Police Chief Reggie Burgess took to the streets Wednesday asking the community to help stop the violence.
Each step down Dorchester Road was a message to the people of North Charleston.
Burgess says, “We’ve got to come together, you know that, we’ve got to come together.”
Chief Burgess grew up in this city and says the perpetual violence haunts him.
He says, “This whole weekend after I found out the young man, Vaughn McFadden, was killed, I tossed and turned this whole weekend. And I said Monday, I’m going to come out here and walk around, and try to get people to think about what’s going on in the city of North Charleston.”
Monday’s march had such a positive response that Chief Burgess went back out with a bigger crowd Wednesday. He brings a message of unity, asking the public and police to work together to end violent crime.
Holding up his hand, Burgess says, “You have these digits, they’re all good.” Making his hand into a fist, he continues, “But when you put these digits together, community policing, we can stop the violence in our community but you’ve got to come together.”
Among the crowd was Tessie Bush. Her son, Angelo President, was killed in 2010 and his murder is still unsolved.
Bush says, “I’m just one of hundreds, I guess, of grieving mothers.”
She says someone has to know who took her son’s life and if the police had more community help, she could see her son’s killer brought to justice.
Bush says, “Someone has to know something and I just don’t understand how they can sleep at night after doing such a crime.”
Chief Burgess hopes to keep the dialogue open between police and the community to prevent any more murders this year in the city.