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Hundreds march to stop violence in Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people turned out to march in Albany Saturday, to put an end to violence in their communities and neighborhoods. The Stop the Violence organization partnered with the NAACP and other groups to take back their city.

"Because crime, everybody pays. No matter who you are, social economical status you're in. No matter what side of town you live on, crime affects all of us," said Bishop Victor Powell.

The march started from four different locations around the city and ended at the Government Center for a rally. There, law enforcement urged people to not be silent when they see a crime.  A double gang murder in South Albany last month shocked the community, and leaders say the march is just the start to taking back their streets.

The march, now in its second year wants to send a message of unity.

"It's personal to me because I raised two children in the Dougherty County School System and they've did well. But this is my heart and my passion. Every kid is a part of my family and when I lose and see one of my children die, I've lost one of my children," said Bishop Victor Powell.

Marching and rallying to stop violence doesn't end today. Law enforcement says it takes the whole city to make it work and they're hoping to see a change.

"We want the young adults and the older adults to come together and say hey it's time to stop. It's time to build our community. This is the ‘Good Life City' and we have awesome people and children in this community. But we must come together as a community, parents, church, family and support one another," said Lieutenant Anita Allen.

The Stop the Violence organization plans to start chapters all over the city to help take back their streets from senseless crimes.

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