WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Community Council has been meeting for 27 weeks to find answers to the growing problem of gangs.
People from different backgrounds throughout Walla Walla, Columbia county, and Milton - Freewater have been brain storming ideas and recommendations on tools that would best address the problem. Last night's first gang related homicide reminded a lot of members of why their work is so important.
"The earlier the better that you can get to a child. Gang membership looks very attractive from the outside, but it's not when you get on the inside," says Sandy Trentham, a member on the council.
Council executive director Julie Reese says while this is a grassroots effort, help from the community always helps, "the community needs to take responsibility for enabling people to help themselves."
Members of the group will meet next week to go over more ideas and considerations. The grassroots organization points out they hope more people will take action the way they are to find solutions. When the council finishes their work they'll send recommendations to area schools and police agencies.