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Vigil held for slain Albany men

Kaisyn Davis and Loriane Barnes Kaisyn Davis and Loriane Barnes

Albany Police and members of a South Albany neighborhood want to find the killer or killers of two men who were gunned down late Sunday night.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday in memory of those men and now the mother of one of the victims is speaking out.

More than 100 people gathered at a lot on the corner of South Madison Street and Gaines Avenue to pray for the family of 20-year-olds William Davis, Jr. and Desmond Williams

They also prayed violence in Albany will come to an end.

Davis and Williams were killed in a drive-by shooting late Sunday evening on Willard Avenue.

In attendance at the vigil was 2-year-old Kaisyn Davis, the daughter of William Davis.

William Davis' mother says her young granddaughter knows she will never see her dad again.

"She can tell something is going on. Lately she's been looking up in the sky and saying daddy's in the sky, said Loriane Barnes.

She says the loss of her son and Kaisyn's father is taking a toll on the family and they're pleading for the violence to end.

"We need to take our town back because it has really gotten to the point where there's really unnecessary things going on," said Davis.

Now neighbors and law enforcement officials are backing her.

"We have got to show them that we believe in this place, it we don't do that, we will lose it. You cannot lose it and get it back," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor.

"We have to stop this violence, but if the only thing our kids see is alcoholism, gambling, violence, rage, anger and crime then what do we expect them to grow up and be? We have to show them something positive," said Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

No arrest have been made in the case which is prompting church leaders to urge witnesses and those with any information to come forward to help put closure on this case.

"We have to stop being afraid. We have to get rid of the no snitch rule. When people commit crime, it's interesting to me that you want everybody to tell if it's somebody you love," said Victor Powell.

He, along with others, hopes this message doesn't fall on deaf ears.

Albany Crimestoppers is putting up a $1,500 reward for any information that can lead to an arrest in the case and Business woman BJ Fletcher has chipped in another $500.

If you have any information you are asked to call crimstoppers at 436-TIPS.


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