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Macon-Bibb leaders, community rallied against 'senseless violence'

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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones was among various religious, civic, and other community leaders who spoke at the Stop Black on Black Killings peace and prayer rally.
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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones was among various religious, civic, and other community leaders who spoke at the Stop Black on Black Killings peace and prayer rally.

Various Macon-Bibb County religious, civic and community leaders spoke out Friday against the “senseless violence” in the wake of a recent string of homicides.

About 65 people attended the Stop Black on Black Killings Peace and Prayer Rally that was in response to five homicides occurring within an eight day period from late August until Sept. 5.

The rally was organized by pastors Lisa Watson and Mary Butler with Evangelical Liberty Christian Church who partnered with various clergy and other Macon-Bibb leaders.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said there’s an epidemic in the black community that in part is due to too many fatherless homes.

Eighteen of the 20 homicide victims in Bibb County during 2015 have been black.

“I’m the one that’s ringing the doorbell at 3 a.m.,” Jones said. “I’m asking you to stay connected, stay prayered up.”

The two hour event began at 6 p.m. at the Johnson family farm off Anthony Road in Macon.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said many of the people who claim to be in gangs are only looking for a sense of belonging. Those gang members that are violent often have a lack of respect for others, even those with authority.

“Our prayers is God will continue to guide us in all of our efforts ... to make this community a much better community than what is now,” Davis later added.

Former Macon Mayor Jack Ellis said some of the destructive behavior is a result of a feeling of despair from living in communities with a lack of resources. He pointed out how some residents living in south Macon don’t have a bank, pharmacy or supermarket near their homes,

“If you don’t think that’s going to have an impact on them then you got another thing coming,” Ellis said.

To contact writer Stanley Dunlap, call 744-4623.

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