In the hours after a Macon man was shot dead on Ward Street members of a nearby church were plotting how to stop the violence in Macon's historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood.
The Council of Catholic Women of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church are planning to reach out to neighbors and invite them to a series of public forums that begin Friday at noon at the church's Mother Katharine Drexel Center.
At a Wednesday morning news conference, the members said they have invited Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker to speak at their first meeting. Members of the law enforcement community and clergy from other local churches are expected to attend.
Retired dentist Dr. Thomas Duval, who grew up in the neighborhood, said young people need to be educated about the history of the Pleasant Hill Community that turned out many accomplished professionals in previous decades.
On May 20th, Ivan Lamont Oglesby was killed about a block away from the church and its school, which was hosting a safety day by coincidence.
Police arrested Walter Lemcharles Chapman the following week and charged him with murder in the shooting that happened on Oglesby's 34th birthday.