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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people are expected to march Saturday morning in Albany to show they will not tolerate violent crime in their community. It's the second annual Stop the Violence March.

A double gang murder in South Albany last month shocked the community, and brought a re-newed effort to stand up against violent crime.

Friday the NAACP in Albany rallied on the courthouse steps, asking everyone in the community who wants to fight violent crime in the community to join them tomorrow for the march.

Albany's NAACP Branch leaders joined with the District Attorney, Albany Police, and the Gang Unit, to call for the people to join the Stop the Violence Saturday morning in Albany.

The drive-by shooting murders of 20 year olds William Davis and Desmond Williams in March shocked the city, and pointed out again the gang crime culture that law enforcement says endangers the community.

"And their value and their belief system consists of murder. Consists of robbery. And the point is survival. And there is no conscience. There is no conscience about it." said APD Crisis Response Team Administrative Specialist Tamyra Brown.

Today the NAACP urged people to march together, and show that people in Albany want violent crime stopped. Gang unit officers say that is the kind of help they need to put gangs out of business.

"More community involvement," said Gang Unit Lt. Michael Persley. "People actually standing up toe the criminal element. People, actually being more involved and concerned about what happens in their community."

The march is scheduled to start at 900 tomorrow morning, starting from four different spots. The Shackleford Shopping Center, the Albany Civic Center, Thronateeska Heritage Museum, and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Pine Avenue.

They will march to the Government Center, where a rally will be held to Stop the Violence in Albany.

The NAACP leaders and law enforcement today were urging the community to come together, march together, and show gangs and criminals that violent crime will not be tolerated in Albany.

 Tomorrow night at 7:00, the Stop The Violence organization will host a gala at First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $20.

 

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