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Town hall meeting convened in wake of teen's death
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Town hall meeting convened in wake of teen's death

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The shooting death of 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez while he lay sleeping in his own bed have sparked calls for change in one Carrollton community.

Teens met Wednesday night to talk about how to prevent that kind of brutality in the future.

Too often, adults do not listen to kids when it comes to "grown up" subjects, but the death of Nizzear Rodriguez hit a lot of kids in the community very hard.

It was a town hall meeting for young people searching for solutions to crime in the community. Among those in attendance, was the father of young Nizzear.

"Do you feel safe in your own neighborhood?" he asked the young people in attendance. "That's the question -- do you feel safe?"

Carrollton city councilman Gerald Byrd put on the event.

"It seems that the common theme is safety and lack of community," Byrd said. "Broken homes, lack of supervision in the neighborhood."

Other city officials say it is important that neighbors are stepping up.

"The city can only do so much, and we are doing our part," said city councilman Jim Watters. "But it comes down to what they are going to do individually."

More cameras and better lighting are already being installed in the Bristol Lakes community. But playgrounds, speed bumps and local leadership are just some of the other ideas to help control potentially dangerous behavior.

"They're really trying to make things better out there than the way they've been in the past," said high school student Tay Holts. "It hasn't been a good past out there -- nothing but violence...a lot of violence and too many kids out there."

Several more events are being planned for the community, including the creation of a new neighborhood watch group in the community where Nizzear lived.

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