10th Pine Bluff homicide leads to youth outreach program aimed at reducing violence | KLRT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. –The city of Pine Bluff hit double digit homicides for 2022 Thursday night when 21-year-old Tre’vion Nelson was fatally shot on South Virginia Street.

This case, as well as others, involves lifelong Pine Bluff resident Grant Williams with a heavy heart.

Williams has created a new outreach program called Faith Formation Forum. The program will focus on four categories that, if attacked at a young age, could prevent violent acts.

“If we only hit one person, we saved one person,” Williams said.

Every 2 months the program will have guest speakers who will discuss bullying, conflict resolution, making good decisions and peer pressure.

“What we want to do is catch the youngsters before they get caught in the circle. “

Trenton Washington, an 11th grader at Pine Bluff High School plays basketball in a park a short walk from South Virginia Street where the 10thand homicide.

Washington says he was unaware of the murder, but is still monitoring his surroundings.

When he learned of the existence of the Faith Formation Forum, he accepted the principles it represents.

“Anyone can benefit from the program. Not just young people, but adults, old people, kids my age,” Trenton said.

The program will take place Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

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