SOLUTION BRIEF: What can we do about Lafayette’s spike in violence?

Lafayette police and deputy marshals on a neighborhood walk in May 2021. Photo by Travis Gauthier

The gist: The numbers are grim. Lafayette has sustained two consecutive years of rising homicides and gun violence. There aren’t any easy answers, but here are a few approaches.

34 people were murdered in 2021. That’s a 47% increase in Lafayette Parish over 2020. Nationwide, homicides jumped 30%. 

What’s causing it? The short answer is we don’t know, a fact that complicates how to respond. 

Here are three responses: 

What you can do. This is a community problem and demands a community response. Attend council meetings. Fire off a message to your council rep and let them know what you think.