ABBEVILLE, AL-- The murder of 17-year old Tyric Brown, in front of hundreds outside a block party in April forced city leaders to say "enough is enough.
James Hondon couldn’t believe what happened so close to his backyard. He said, “I didn’t realize all this junk was going on here.”
One teenager killed and three now facing murder charges. A celebratory block party turned nightmare instantly.
As a result, city leaders want to put an end to these gatherings and didn't have to look far for their solution.
Abbeville City Clerk Pam Ward said, “Everything that we would need to do to control a block party was already in the curfew ordinance.”
Now, officers are stepping up to make sure the curfew for anyone under 18 is enforced.
Lt. Noel Vanlandingham said, “They are going to be able to still gather at peoples’ houses and stuff like that. But, if they are out after 11 o’clock during week days and 12 o’clock during the weekends then we can still charge them with violating the ordinance. That’ll stop a lot of the block parties that have been going on. And hopefully curb the violence that has happened.”
Residents like James Hondon hope a curfew is the answer. “All of them aint the same but you’ve got some boneheads out there. And somebody aint gonna act right," he said,
Breaking curfew could result in a ride to the police station and if found guilty up to a $500 fine.