Mayor Landrieu Asks Public To Help Solve Toddler's Killing

New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu said the city's crime rate is twice the national average, and the police department needs reform. He says federal agents are meeting with Police Chief Ronal Serpas and others to make sure the best practices are being used to stem violent crime. But he says the community must also be involved.

"People saw this. They know who the individuals were that did this and they know where they are. And we have to come together to create the environment where those folks can come forward so that we can bring them to justice. We can create a deterrent effect and we can also make sure that we do a better job of not getting to this point."

Serpas and Landrieu both responded to the scene of Sunday's shooting and met with the boy's family. Serpas says the suspect's family must help police solve the killing.

"Put yourself in the place of the parents who lost their two-year-old and tell your children to do the right thing and turn themselves in."

Landrieu says donations are being accepted at Liberty Bank branches to help pay for the funeral for 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming