NATCHEZ — Natchez radio station 97.7FM-WTYJ will host a live town hall meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in response to the increase in violence in the city, particularly among young people.
Just last Thursday, Marquez Brown, 16, of Natchez, was shot and killed on Jackson Street, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Police charged 18-year-old Jordan Caston with first-degree murder and shooting inside city limits, saying Caston “intended to kill” Brown without giving a motive.
This event comes weeks after two 15-year-olds were injured in another shooting a few blocks from East Oak Street.
The radio group called tonight’s forum a “come to Jesus meeting” that will include a group of area pastors as well as Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry and Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten. Other attendees include Reverend Melvin White, Reverend Clifton Marvel, Reverend Stanley Searcy, Reverend Isaac Tenner, Reverend Robbie Cade Furdge and hosted live by the staff of 97.7 The Beat.
Listeners can tune in at 7 p.m. tonight on 97.7 The Beat, natchezradio.com or the Facebook page, 97.7 The Beat Natchez. During the live, a community Q&A will take place via the comments section on Facebook.