Hundreds march to stop violence in Albany - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Hundreds march to stop violence in Albany

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Formal VSU traffic safety study could begin soon

    Formal VSU traffic safety study could begin soon

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:15 GMT
    We now have a slightly better idea of when a formal study of the traffic around Valdosta State University's campus could begin. At a meeting Wednesday morning, the Valdosta Lowndes County MetropolitanMore >>
    We now have a slightly better idea of when a formal study of the traffic around Valdosta State University's campus could begin. At a meeting Wednesday morning, the Valdosta Lowndes County Metropolitan Planning Organization discussed the study, among other things.More >>
  • Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:34:32 GMT
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested in the below case last night. From: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:09 AM To: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Subject:   22-14-008228  RobberyMore >>
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested Tuesday evening for snatching the tip jar at Carrol's Meats on Philema Road.
    More >>
  • What you need to know before riding an ATV

    What you need to know before riding an ATV

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:50:06 GMT
    A safety warning following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.      A man died in Liberty County when his 4 wheeler crashed into a tree.  A woman and her two young grandsons died in Walker County whenMore >>
    A safety warning was issued following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.   Experts say you should not operate ATV's on public roads. You should wear proper gear such as gloves, goggles,  and most importantly a Department of Transportation helmet.More >>
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.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

Powered by WorldNow