(KATV) A homicide in
Pine Bluff on Thanksgiving Day likely took place while a child was present in
the home, according to police. Pine Bluff Police were called Thursday to an apartment where 25 year-old
Dametrick McDaniel was found dead.
Police said his three year
old daughter was likely at home at the time and made her way over to a nearby
apartment. That's when police were called discovered McDaniel's open apartment
and his body inside. There are no suspects at this time, but police are looking
for 23 year-old Brandon McClatchie for questioning.
Today community leaders
spoke out in hopes of curbing gun violence in the city.
"We are concerned about
the number of homicides that happened the last 18 days or so and this why we as
pastors are out here on the street, trying to let folk know that you need to
stay away from that kind of conflict resolution," said Jesse Turner Executive Direct of Pen or
They're working to educate
young people in order to keep them away from crime.
"The last of the three
killings have been in about a three block radius of my church," said Henry
Hellums, pastor of the Truth and Love Worship Center.
The group has been working
to install signs in the city to remind people violence is not the answer to
"We're speaking in the streets, sending
literature out to various neighborhoods, going into neighborhoods and speaking,"
said Kerry Price, pastor Breath of Life Church.
Shamar Womack lives just
down the street from Thursday's homicide. He says he keeps a tight watch on his
"Sometimes when I'm out,
let them play, I stay out with them and watch them you know while we play," Womack
The Pine Bluff Police ask anyone
with information on yesterday's homicide to call the department.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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