MILWAUKEE -- Two women leading two different initiatives are trying to tackle one reoccurring problem - teen car thefts or "stollies" in the City of Milwaukee.
“It started with the fighting at first [then] it went to car thefts," Delonda Davis said. "My daughter was one of the first ones who started with the car theft."
Davis' daughter was just 13 years old when she hit and killed a pedestrian while driving a stolen vehicle in 2012.
Davis now credits her daughter's crime for inspiring her Silent Cries Foundation, an initiative that will help other families grieving as a result of similar criminal fatalities.
"I just want to extend my love and extend my pain in hope that someone can heal from that," Davis said.
But she isn't alone in her effort. 25-year-old Bianca Williams says she's also tired of seeing sidewalks littered with what's left of crashed cars and young people losing their lives.
"I know too many young folks who have lost their lives," Williams said. "Too many young folks who have been a victim of stolen cars."
That's why she decided to launch her "Stop the Stollies" campaign. With the help of the Milwaukee Police Department, Williams hopes to help young people find an alternative to vehicular crimes.
"We'll be offering job assistance, community service, [and] we'll just be giving back to the young folks," Williams said.
Her first "Stop the Stollies" community event is slated for Saturday, January 28th.
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