LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After 15-year-old Adrian Broadway was shot and killed while playing a prank on a friend early Saturday morning, many parents around Little Rock asked the same question: why was the teen, and her friends, out so late?
It's a question that has caused people to become vocal about Little Rock's curfew laws.
"It's crazy out here," said Trisha Shaffer, who is a mother of four children.
"[When teens] are out late at night they have free game," she said. "They can do whatever they want to do."
Shaffer isn't the only one who thinks something needs to be done.
"I just couldn't see any child being out past 10 o'clock at all," said Alan Sealy, who has a fifteen-year-old daughter as well.
Little Rock's curfew laws state no child under the age of 18 can be out past 10 p.m. on weeknights, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Many parks and other public places close before dark to ensure people aren't out wandering around, but parents feel the kids decision to stay in doesn't start with the law, it starts with parenting.
"The parents need to buckle down and say you need to be in when [the streetlights] go on," continued Shaffer. "You need to be in at 10 o'clock on a school night, 11 o'clock on a weekend. Then you wouldn't even need to worry about all this stuff going on."
The Little Rock Police Department says preventing curfew violations is difficult because they only have so much control.
"Unfortunately we can't be there all the time," said Little Rock Police Department Assistant Public Affairs Officer Cassandra Davis. "The only thing that the police department can do is make recommendations and write citations when [teens] are in violation."
Davis added that the LRPD and city can review existing laws based on certain cases. It is uncertain whether or not that will happen with this weekend's shooting.