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The death of LanDre Rogers just after 4 p.m. on a Monday at Moore Park adds another startling Oak Cliff homicide in a summer that’s been filled with them.

Rogers, a 20-year-old alumnus of South Oak Cliff High School, was shot multiple times on July 13, and his murder is unsolved.

City Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold raised the alarm back in January, saying then that crime in her district, which includes Moore Park, is in a “state of emergency.” There were 40 murders Arnold’s district in 2019.

Since then, Arnold has launched the 365 Safe Initiative to combat crime in her district. She says it was inspired by the shooting death of 15-year-old Luis Carlos Guevara near Eloise Lundy Recreation Center in July 2019. A 13-year-old was accused of killing him.

The anti-crime initiative, which kicked off the same week as LanDre Rogers’ death, facilitates more communication between the Dallas Police Department and community leaders, including churches. It also opens the door for Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to assist DPD in policing neighborhoods, including undercover operations.

Rogers’ death is among a disturbing number of broad-daylight murders in our neighborhood this summer, including the deaths of two teenagers, ages 16 and 14, who died in Arcadia Park and west Oak Cliff. Both of those cases are unsolved. There were also two unsolved homicides that happened in one day recently.