Community members look for advice after string of recent violent crimes

A vigil was held for recent crime victims
March 30, 2014 8:53:29 PM PDT
In Missouri City, the Malayalee Association of Greater Houston (an association representing 30,000 people originating from Kerala, one of the states in South India) are voicing their concerns about recent violence and crimes. One of the victims was in Houston celebrating his birthday, when he was killed in a carjacking.

They say they've seen many of their people become victims in recent crimes, some of them in Houston, others across the country, including missing Rice University student Reny Jose, who disappeared while on Spring Break with friends in Florida.

Leaders say these crimes involve many of their young people, often college students who are becoming victims. Community members are not used to these types of crimes, and they're not used to this type of violence.

"I would not say that there's any targeting," said Surendran Koran, with the Malayalee Association of Greater Houston. "At the same time, it may be easy to target the people from India, because most of us are unarmed. Most of the people who know Indians believe that, if it's a robbery, they believe we make a good living or something like that."

They will be looking to community leaders for advice on how to better protect themselves. There are elected representatives from Missouri City and Stafford as well as the state level, and law enforcement agencies as well.

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