Baton Rouge is facing a violent crime epidemic, and recent unsolved murders have the city's residents on edge. Reporter Marissa Galatas found out why city leaders and those affected by gun violence are urging the community to make a change.

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LSU student Allie Rice lost her life to gun violence in September.

She was shot and killed in her car on Government St. in Baton Rouge.

Allie’s father, Paul Rice, says his family struggles to find closure as they wait for answers.

“Our family’s been destroyed by this," Rice said. "It’s been two months now, and there’s been no peace. It affects our ability to operate on a daily basis.”

Rice believes the key to making a change is getting the community to care about the issue.

“I live here in Ascension Parish, not in East Baton Rouge, and it’s very easy to say this is not our problem, but it is everybody’s problem,” Rice said.

Cathy Toliver is one person working toward that goal. Her grandson was shot and killed by a stray bullet while he was sleeping in April. 

"We want to bring change, and you don’t have to wait for it to come to you. Get up, and take the initiative to do something yourself,” Toliver said.

Toliver has been leading an initiative to get the community involved in stopping gun violence since her grandson’s death. She organized an event called “The Table is Spread" for families affected by gun violence.

Louisiana’s capital city has already reported 82 homicides this year, a vast majority of which are gun-related. Baton Rouge police have only solved 53 percent of those murders.

Clay Young introduced a project aiming to get more cameras installed around the city to combat this problem. The Baton Rouge Police Department identified high-crime areas that would benefit from these cameras.

BRPD Chief Murphy Paul is optimistic about the new technology, but he knows it will take more than just cameras to solve the crime problem.

“It’s not just a policing issue, it’s a community issue, and how we have to work together, learn to come together to continue working on the socioeconomic issues related to crime,” Paul said.

Toliver and Rice hope their losses push the community to be proactive in the fight to stop gun violence.