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Leaders plead to 'Stop the Violence'

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of Albany community leaders met Tuesday to voice their concern about those murders and recent gang violence.

Stop The Violence leaders will hold a prayer vigil Thursday evening down the street from where those two young men were murdered to let those involved know the community has had enough.

Cynthia Butler tearfully told the Stop The Violence meeting she used to baby sit William Davis when he was her neighbor, and how hard his murder has hit her. Now she wants to know what she can do to help.

"That's basically what I came for, to see what I can do to help out the community," Butler said.

Dozens of faith and community leaders talked about how they were shocked by Sunday's drive by shooting that killed two young men. Albany Police Chief John Proctor said his investigators have suspects, and have learned just how senseless this crime is.

"This thing started because some folks met somewhere and they got into a fight. Some of these folks are relatives. They are in opposing gangs, but they are relatives," Proctor said.

Chief Proctor called again for people to give Police more information, which some people are reluctant to do because of gang threats. "I know we're afraid sometime, but let's take our communities back block by block. By telling."

"Get rid of the 'no snitch' rule and saying to the police officers; 'I know who shot that person.'" said Stop the Violence Co- Chair Bishop Victor Powell.

"This is our community and every has got to buy into it and realize that, and want to make a difference. This is you one opportunity to make a difference," Sheriff Kevin Sproul said.

 Stop The Violence will hold a prayer vigil Thursday at 5:30 at the neighborhood near South McKinley and West Oakridge to let the gangs know the community demands they stop.

"We can not live in fear. And we refuse to live in fear. But the only way we are going to stop it, we have to go into those areas and engage it. There must be a presence," said Stop the Violence Co Chair Bishop Frederick Williams.

The Stop the Violence meeting ended in prayer, a call for action. Chief John Proctor said they are getting tips, but not enough so they are working to put together a reward for the right information to lead to the prosecution of the killer or killers.

If you have any information about any of those drive by shootings, you're asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and still earn a reward.

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