Rapper C-Murder and Reverend Toris Young announced plans to help decrease violence this week in Louisiana.
Via a press conference held on Tuesday (April 14), the pair, who’ve both faced criminal charges (Young was convicted of identity theft, while C-Murder is awaiting trial for murder), revealed their plans for the initiative that includes anti-crime rallies, improving recreation programs, and encouraging internships for young people.
According to local paper The Times-Picayune, C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) read from a prepared statement just inside the door of his grandmother’s home in Kenner, where he is currently confined on house arrest while he awaits trial on second-degree murder.
“I stand before you today a new man that’s ready, willing, able to do everything in my power to bring an end to these senseless murders,” C-Murder told reporters. “Get it right, this movement is not about Corey Miller, or anything other person. It’s about our kids, our future, and our safety.”
Both men, however, refused to answer questions about their pasts. Reporters asked why people should take him seriously, in light of his ongoing criminal case.
“I’m resolved any issues I’ve had, way in the past. That has no relevance and no issue here today,” Young told cameras.
Local community activist, Al Mims, says C-Murder may just be trying to save himself in the eyes of the court. But, will allow him to prove him wrong.
“It’s nice that he’s doing this, and people will accept any help. But, I’mma say this: he caused a lot of the problems,” said Mims.
“I’m not trying to pull out his light, I want to see him show me. I’mma put pressure on his ass.”