SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory View Alerts

Huntsville mother reacts to new Huntsville Public Safety Task Force

A Huntsville mother remembers young lives lost and hopes a new task force can help to stop violent crime.

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 12:01 PM

A Huntsville mother has more than 50 plastic pumpkins sitting in her front yard in North Huntsville. The pumpkins were placed to remember the 53 people ranging from ages 3 to 25 who have been murdered in the area since 2014, including her own teenage son.

"These are my babies too now. That's what I tell their mothers. They should have been our children all along," said Donna Howell.

Howell said too many families have experienced the same loss her family has.

"It stays with you forever. The rest of your life. It's not just me devastated. The rest of the family and his friends. You imagine 53 families are going through that," she said.

Monday, Jay Town, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, explained the Huntsville Public Safety Task Force includes local law enforcement and federal agencies. It will be targeting the worst offenders.

"When I say worst offenders, I don't just mean repeat offenders. I mean people that might not have a record at all, but we absolutely know they are engaging in some of the worst types of criminal activity," he said.

Town said this task force is about bringing police efforts together to stop all violent crime, not just murders, from happening in neighborhoods.

"What we will find over the next several years is that there will be a decline in violent crime across the country, certainly in the northern district and especially here in Huntsville, and it's going to be because of our efforts not because we hoped and prayed," he added.

Town explained it's going to start with charging people with the most serious offense if his office is able to.

"They will face a federal charge and where if convicted a federal sentence where there is no sanctuary of parole, that is how you keep our most violent offenders off the streets and put them exactly where they belong, which is in a prison bed," Town said.

Town said the task force will have advanced federal intelligence resources that will be able to ramp up efforts to catch people doing illegal activity in the city and surrounding areas.

As for Howell, her son's killer has not been arrested, and she said she hopes the task force is able to help solve cold cases.

Huntsville
Partly Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 74°
Florence
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 75°
Fayetteville
Partly Cloudy
74° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 74°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 73°
Scottsboro
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 73°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 530744

Reported Deaths: 10978
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson764931522
Mobile40959804
Madison34735503
Tuscaloosa25749452
Montgomery24327589
Shelby23425249
Baldwin21123308
Lee15873171
Calhoun14496314
Morgan14288279
Etowah13826353
Marshall12213223
Houston10561281
Elmore10052205
Limestone9958151
Cullman9659193
St. Clair9652243
Lauderdale9420241
DeKalb8828186
Talladega8220176
Walker7231277
Autauga6918108
Jackson6809112
Blount6656137
Colbert6296134
Coffee5509119
Dale4830111
Russell440738
Chilton4284112
Franklin425682
Covington4118118
Tallapoosa4026152
Escambia393376
Chambers3560123
Dallas3547151
Clarke351061
Marion3116101
Pike310877
Lawrence300298
Winston274272
Bibb260564
Marengo249664
Geneva249477
Pickens234361
Barbour230757
Hale222877
Butler215969
Fayette212262
Henry188744
Cherokee184645
Randolph180141
Monroe177340
Washington167239
Macon158950
Clay156156
Crenshaw152257
Cleburne148941
Lamar142535
Lowndes138753
Wilcox127030
Bullock123041
Conecuh110329
Perry107526
Coosa107228
Sumter104432
Greene92334
Choctaw60624
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 852841

Reported Deaths: 12255
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby956561619
Davidson89355933
Knox50675635
Hamilton44280494
Rutherford43046434
Williamson28015217
Sumner24012349
Montgomery20255225
Wilson18804234
Out of TN1840797
Unassigned16998134
Sullivan16794294
Blount15490193
Bradley15032150
Washington14597245
Maury13499172
Sevier13391175
Putnam11396175
Madison11168242
Robertson9756131
Anderson8760172
Hamblen8610173
Greene7877155
Tipton7359103
Coffee6905121
Dickson6840110
Cumberland6734132
Carter6634158
Gibson6526146
McMinn650898
Bedford6506128
Roane6282105
Jefferson6211124
Loudon613069
Hawkins6077107
Lawrence593887
Monroe584095
Warren554881
Dyer5425106
Franklin515090
Fayette506877
Cheatham455355
Obion454196
Cocke450099
Lincoln435763
Rhea434875
Marshall419058
Campbell415463
Weakley412865
Giles3996100
Henderson378976
White364170
Macon361978
Carroll361683
Hardin357167
Hardeman352664
Lauderdale318944
Henry318576
Claiborne318273
Marion312347
Scott312345
Overton301161
Wayne296334
Hickman284046
McNairy282054
DeKalb279654
Smith277839
Haywood271162
Grainger262850
Morgan250139
Trousdale250122
Fentress241547
Johnson240739
Chester214351
Bledsoe214211
Polk207824
Unicoi203549
Crockett203248
Cannon192031
Union190734
Humphreys179927
Grundy179334
Lake170326
Sequatchie169829
Benton166540
Decatur158639
Lewis158126
Meigs139125
Stewart132528
Jackson132036
Clay110131
Houston109333
Perry106628
Moore101117
Van Buren84723
Pickett76024
Hancock58912

Community Events