Residents determined to enjoy Railroad Park despite recent viole

Residents determined to enjoy Railroad Park despite recent violence

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Residents enjoy the sunshine at Railroad Park Tuesday, March 19. Source: Alan Collins Residents enjoy the sunshine at Railroad Park Tuesday, March 19. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Despite a deadly shooting this past weekend at Railroad Park, residents still flocked the to the park.

Tuesday, the family of victim 15-year-old Jarmaine Walton was making funeral arrangements. Walton was shot at Railroad Park Sunday evening and later died from his injuries.

Resident Stephen Ingram calls the murder an outrage.

"Well sure, any time there is a crime there should be outrage. We don't want our city to be seen as crime-infested but it won't stop us from enjoying ourselves," Ingram said.

Debra Evans was taking her granddaughter for a spin around the park Tuesday and is also upset the shooting death.

"I was very outraged. We came out here to enjoy ourselves and the kids come down here to act up and try to drive us away," Evans said.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper shares their outrage.

"What makes this even more of a tragedy it happened in the jewel of the city. A beautiful day when most people were enjoying themselves and then we had a troublemaker try to ruin it for everybody," Roper said.

Chief Roper said there will be a stepped up police presence. Park visitors will see more security but there will also be other steps they will not see. Roper says the shooting which killed Walton should not have happened. While the police department has spoken to some witnesses Roper said more needs to come forward.

"The bottom line this will be a information passed homicide. We can't make it without information. We know there are people at the park who saw what happened," Roper said.

Meanwhile park visitors said they won't let the shooting scare them away.

"As soon as you do give in and let folks win," Ingram said.

Roper said more resources will be put at the park and other Birmingham attractions. Roper said he is working with Birmingham Mayor William Bell to make the city safer.

Two women, who say they're frustrated and deeply saddened by the death of Jarmaine Walton, are organizing a memorial march at Railroad Park. According to their Facebook event page, it's scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. If you would like to take part, you can meet at the park's main pavilion. The march around the park will be followed by a moment of silence.

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