NLR High teens stand up to violence following death of Jasmine Young

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Classmates, friends and the family of a North Little Rock High School student shot and killed are standing up to violence.

    Last month, 17-year-old Jasmine Young died after being shot outside a gas station on Asher Avenue in Little Rock. Two others survived.

    Friday night, students remembered her with a march for peace. Joined by dozens on the front steps of the West Campus, her parents, Pam and Eugene Howard, led the walk, calling for an end to the violence. Jasmine's classmate, Greg Fudge, is the student who got the walk started.

    "If we come together and stick together side by side, we can make North Little Rock a much better place," said Fudge, sophomore class president. "Once I found out she had died, I decided that we were going to take a stand and that we weren't going to let violence destroy our neighborhood anymore."

    "She was very special. She had a real plan," he added. "She had her life. She was ready for the world."

    "The most important thing is we want to thank each and every one of ya'll for supporting us with this walk and supporting our daughter," announced Eugene Howard. "The compassion that you have for us as well with Stop the Violence, we should get a lot of positive out of this."

    That positive is coming out of a tragedy that has hit this family hard, especially her mother.

    "It means a lot to me, It means a lot. They really cared about her," said Pam Howard. "I think about her every day. From the time she got killed til today, I still think about her. It's hard."

    "When they came in that morning and told me that she had passed, I said immediately to myself we're not going to have this anymore," said Fudge. "I'm tired of violence taking away my peers and quite frankly my community."

    Classmates made a plea for people to pick up books instead of guns.

    Jasmine's dad also had a message for teens. Always check in with your parents and let them know where you are. Show compassion and love for your family and friends.

    Little Rock police have arrested 3 suspects in this case -- one of them is a 17-year-old.

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