Mothers are fed up with Newark violence - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Mothers are fed up with Newark violence

Posted: Updated:
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

The woman they call the godmother of Newark raised six kids on her own. Now Donna Jackson is trying to save other children's lives. With the murder rate at its highest level in more than 20 years, she's on an urgent mission.

Sidewalk memorials to murder victims are common sights in Newark. It is even more so this year, with the Newark murder rate hitting 110, according to the Essex County prosecutor. That is the highest number since 1990.

Jackson told me she is outraged. She volunteers as a community counselor and motivator. She monitors police radios on her spare phone, gathers and sends out alerts about crimes in progress, and offers help to grieving families with fellow volunteer Cassandra Dock. She believes it has gotten harder and harder for kids to escape the deadly gunfire.

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to Reginald Terry, an 18-year-old college honors student and former high school football star, who was shot and killed shielding a young woman from random gunfire.

Minutes away on another street, the mother of murdered 15-year-old Kasson Morman, called for more police protection.

As a mother and grandmother, Jackson knows she can't heal the broken hearts, but she can help grieving parents navigate through the paperwork that comes after their child is murdered.

Despite everything she sees, the godmother of Newark still believes there is good in everyone. But Jackson also believes changing things won't be easy, but it can be done.

Mayor Luis Quintana Monday evening issued a statement saying that the city was fast-tracking the process to get more police officers on the streets and also to team up with other law enforcement agencies.

"Our entire city is mourning the loss of life due to gun violence which has negatively impacted our city during this holiday season," Quintana said. "We are listening to and agree with the concerns of our communities. The number one priority of my administration has been since day one, and continues to be, to address the public safety needs of our residents."

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:08:34 GMT
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
  • Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:45:36 GMT
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
  • Hoboken a top place for recent college grads to live, report says

    Hoboken a top place for recent college grads to live, report says

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:46:32 GMT
    Hoboken's vibrant downtown, access to more than 100,000 job openings and the large amount of rentals available rank the city among the best places for new college grads to live in the country, according to Livability.com. Hoboken ranked No. 6 in Livability.com's recently released list of the "Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014."
    Hoboken's vibrant downtown, access to more than 100,000 job openings and the large amount of rentals available rank the city among the best places for new college grads to live in the country, according to Livability.com. Hoboken ranked No. 6 in Livability.com's recently released list of the "Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014."
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices