Violent shootings lead Albany natives to push for a stop to viol - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Violent shootings lead Albany natives to push for a stop to violence

Four shootings in one day last week left many in shock in Albany. (Source: WALB) Four shootings in one day last week left many in shock in Albany. (Source: WALB)
"I come from the streets," Martin recalled. "I know most everybody in this town." (Source: WALB) "I come from the streets," Martin recalled. "I know most everybody in this town." (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Four shootings in one day last week left many in shock in Albany.

Now, a group of citizens is coming together to say, "that's enough."

Terry Martin fondly remembers growing up in Albany.

"I come from the streets," Martin recalled. "I know most everybody in this town."

However, he says it's much different today than when he was younger.

"I don't want to get a phone call saying my son's dead," he said.

Martin said Sunday that he had a vision that lead him to gather up some friends and start a new organization to help "Stop the Violence."

"It's not about color with us. Everybody's in this together. Bullets don't have a name or an address," said Martin.

The group will hosts cookouts across the city to give kids good examples and to give parents some help.

"East side, north side, west side and the south side..(we'll) throw cookouts and invite single parents out there."

Martin said he'll fight to get more options for recreation, so children are involved in the community. According to the Albany native, it's time again for citizens to come together and be "Albany Strong."

"We came over the flood, came over the storms, now we're going to come over the violence with the community's help," Martin said.

The first cookout is Saturday, July 8 at 12 p.m. at Southgate Park in Albany.

If you're interested in getting involved with Martin's initiative, give him a call at (229) 343-9365.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved. 

Report an error Submit a tip to WALB News 10

Powered by Frankly