Young Man Murdered Days before 'Victory Walk' in Capital City

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Take a walk down Woodrow Street and you'll pass a house ready for Halloween.

But the cobwebs, skeletons and ghouls couldn't mask Tuesday morning's tragedy there.

"Officers observed a black male lying on the ground, who was later identified as Loren Poole, 24 years of age," Lt. Michael Ford with the Little Rock Police Department told reporters.  

The capital city is no stranger to this shooting scene. Poole's murder marks Little Rock's 48th homicide of the year.

While some just start to grieve, one woman's pain is still fresh nearly one year later.

"My fiance was murdered," said Shakita White. "He was shot on Bragg Street."

Freddy Duhart, 38, was one of five victims in a mass shooting at a home there Nov. 2.

"All I could do was lay there and cry," White said. "He didn't even know I was having a girl. We thought we were going to have a boy. When I got the ultrasound, he was actually in the hospital."

Duhart died without ever getting to meet his baby girl.

"It's been pretty hard on me so I'm just trying to get through it the best way I can," White said. 

But the gunshots continue to ring out and kill, which make that nearly impossible for White.

"That's why I got out of Little Rock," she said. "I stay in North Little Rock now."

Like White, many business owners we talked to said they still work in the area but don't live there.

"Nobody wants to be around crime," White said. "They have to watch their back and worry someone's going to shoot them."

White does less of that now. She just hopes before more walk down the road of crime, they choose the right way.

"I think they need to think about it before they do it," she said. "Like is it really worth taking somebody else's life? They can't get that back."

If you're sick of violence plaguing our city, joins us for the Victory Walk this Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Wright Avenue neighborhood. 

The walk starts and ends at the median at the 2000 block of Battery Street. 


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