'It makes no sense': Community mourns after weekend of violence in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / A Hamilton County resident gets emotional during a moment of silence that took place Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Chattanooga, Tenn., as part of a community action walk on the Westside meant to prevent more lives from being lost following multiple shootings over the weekend.

Dozens of residents gathered at the Westside Community Center on Monday evening to walk in unity with law enforcement and community leaders after a series of weekend shootings in Chattanooga that claimed the lives of 37-year-old Labrecia Dews, 21-year-old Keniqua Hughes and 21-year-old Jailen Wofford.

Activist Ladarius Price with Placing Emphasis on Kids organized the community action walk. He said his goal was to get people out consistently to walk "hand-in-hand" with those who are suffering and to teach people who live in Chattanooga, particularly children, that violence is never the answer.

Price, who mentors area youth through the On Point program, worked with both Hughes and Wofford before their deaths and described their loss as a "punch to the gut."