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A call to take back the streets; A victim’s mother organizes

June 18, 2014

MONTICELLO, NY — The Village of Monticello does not have the highest crime rate in the region—according to City-Data.com, that distinction goes to the Village of Liberty. Still, crime in Monticello is higher than it should be.

Janette Williams knows that all too well. At the end of 2009, her 25-year-old son Carl was gunned down near the Shore Garden Apartments in Monticello.

His convicted killers were two teenagers: David Perkins, 16, and Jacquis Lowery, 17, who were sentenced to long prison terms.

In an open letter to the community recently, Janette said she is aware that there are many people in the community who lost a loved one to senseless violence of one sort or another and the community needs to change. She is calling on friends and neighbors to join her to help take back the streets.

She writes: “On June 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., I, along with the support of the Recovery Center, detective Will Young, District Attorney Jim Farrell and other sponsors will be holding a full-day event, A Local Call for Change, People Uniting to Take Back Our Community. On this day we are planning festivities for community children, a panel of speakers (parents who have lost their children due to acts of violence), a short skit on the importance of good decision making and many other activities. Will you help us? Will you be there to witness this event?”

She asks for people to contact her at 845/807-6139 or to contact Lisa Smith at 845/794-8080 ext. 117. The two are also asking for donations of money, food or other items.