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Moultrie community gathers for "Stop the Violence" march

The Moultrie community gathered for a rally (Source: WALB) The Moultrie community gathered for a rally (Source: WALB)
The rally was made to stop the violence in the area (Source: WALB) The rally was made to stop the violence in the area (Source: WALB)
Lisa Clark Hill (Source: WALB) Lisa Clark Hill (Source: WALB)
Cornelius Ponder and Travis Williams (Source: WALB) Cornelius Ponder and Travis Williams (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

With the recent spike in crime, members of the Moultrie community came together in hopes of a change.

Saturday, pastors and city leaders led a Stop the Violence March to rally residents. 

"Our purpose for today and every day is to stop some of the violence in our community," said pastor Cornelius Ponder.

City officials, law enforcement, religious leaders, and community members spent the day together discussing the issue of violence in Moultrie.

"Our community is fed up and we're ready to move forward, because this is a championship community and we want to go back to that championship status in our everyday living and lifestyle," said Ponder.

In the past month, the city has had three shootings claiming the lives of two Moultrie residents. Many of the suspects in the shootings were teens.

Now residents are thinking of ways to combat the violence.

Recently, a new mentorship program was started to mentor kids in the local neighborhoods.

"If we can just grab those and show them love, I think we can make a greater difference," said Travis Williams.

City leaders encourage everyone in the community to play a role in stopping the crime.

"We care beyond this event. We want people to contact us if they have any concerns," said councilwoman Lisa Clarke Hill. "We want them to come out to the meetings and just be involved, because it takes all of us working together."

Organizers hope the turnouts continue to increase with future events.

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