Earlier this week 18-year-old Lavon Moore died from injuries after he was stabbed near Cesar Chavez high school.
Today, many people showed up at the high school to discuss the growing violence and some solutions to ease tensions around the community.
Concerned members of the community say it's apparent that action against adolescent crime needs to be taken, and the first step for many was this meeting.
It may be a Saturday, but this morning Cesar Chavez students, parents and faculty showed up at school to discuss safety.
Superintendent Chad Gestson says extracurricular activities, or lack thereof, are partly to blame.
"Part of the issue schools have today are resources to run after school weekend and summer programs, so a lot of the conversation today focused on what do we do to better engage youth after school, what to do to better engage youth over the weekends, and also what types of summer programs should or could we run," said Gestson.
Kelly Turner, a parent of a sophomore, says she made sure her son knew the importance of the meeting.
"I brought my son along and I forced him to be here and he sees that there's a way you just have to work together, you just have to really try and show that you care," said Turner.
Her son Lance admits at first he was hesitant, but once he listened to his peers, something clicked.
"We really need to be positive, cause we're the future,” Lance said. “We need to show these younger kids what you’re doing is not good. It’s just going to get you in trouble. You need to start bettering yourself so you can have a good future, a good job and make your parents proud."
He added that even though he's just a sophomore, he wants to continue to be a positive leader for change throughout his education.
"When I become a senior, I’m going to be more outspoken, and more helpful to the younger kids because that’s really what they need…somebody that can help them be better at school and life," said Lance.