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Americus holds a vigil for recent victims and community

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

The most recent victim was a 4-year old girl shot Tuesday.

Wednesday night, Americus residents united to pray for the victims, their families and the city.

People from all walks of life gathered at Boone Park to pray for their city...

"Because of the more recent events, people are seeing its necessary," said Erica Johnson.

Recent events such as homicides that left these three Americus residents dead, all just this month.

Community leaders say they must take action against crime, so people can live safely.

“Without fear of being shot, without fear of being robbed and kidnapped and the only way we cam accomplish that is to come together and protect our own," said Johnson.

David Foster was a victim of crime in Americus when he was shot four times last year. He pleaded to the community to attend the prayer vigil.

"Speechless, I'm surprised everyone came together. It really touch my heart that everybody care," said David Foster.

Foster said he felt he was called to come up with this idea.

"It ain't never been this bad in the city. Its everyday people. People who you used to see everyday. For the last couple month its like it been everyday,"

Minister Rory Edge led this group of prayer warriors who calls the event "Pray for Americus".

"It's a lot of things we can't necessarily do, but one thing we can do is pray, prayer does work. I don't care who you are or where you are from," said Rory Edge.

Rory said while things may not change overnight, this prayer vigil is a start to a better community.

One of the four homicide victims is a man from Columbus who police say died in a shootout with two of the other victims when he came to Americus to rob them.

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