Radio One hosted a town hall style meeting at the Suitland Recreation Center Monday night to address the issue of youth violence in Prince George's County. About 200 concerned residents attended, along with top county officials and law enforcement.
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said there are too many children dropping out of school, and a representative from 100 Black Men of America highlighted the need for male role models.
Since the start of the school year, six public school students in the county have been lost to gun violence. Two of the cases remain open. Investigators say they are close to making arrests and ask that anyone with any information come forward.
Police say the four cases they have closed were all solved with tips from the community. Police Chief Mark Magaw says the number of tips coming in to the Crime Solvers hotline was up 300 percent last week and police plan to expand the program into the school system with a new website.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).