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Chambers County takes stand against gang violence

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About 100 gathered Friday night at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lanett for a prayer vigil and community rally to stop violence in the area. About 100 gathered Friday night at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lanett for a prayer vigil and community rally to stop violence in the area.
Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon told the crowd that this year has been one of the most violent years in awhile for the area. Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon told the crowd that this year has been one of the most violent years in awhile for the area.
West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson says working together has been a common trend between the four cities that make up Chambers County -- Lafayette, Valley, Lanett and West Point.. West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson says working together has been a common trend between the four cities that make up Chambers County -- Lafayette, Valley, Lanett and West Point..
Law enforcement and city officials are taking a stand against gang violence in Chambers County.

About 100 gathered Friday night at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lanett for a prayer vigil and community rally to stop violence in the area. Their goal Friday night was to figure out a way to make their community a safer place to live.

The rally comes about a week after a pair of shootings in Lanett. Law enforcement officials are calling the shootings gang-related. Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon told the crowd that this year has been one of the most violent years in awhile for the area. Elected officials, local ministers and law enforcement officials were all in attendance, uniting to fight against these kinds of violent crimes.

“I think it's a unique time in history that the pastors and the local law enforcement officials are coming together in a very unique way to solve problems both immediately and also that we put the right social structure in place so that future generations can find themselves successful,” said West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson.

“It’s great to put our minds together and put our hearts together, and work toward ridding our neighborhoods of criminal activity, gang activity and violence,” said Weldon.

Working together has been a common trend between the four cities that make up Chambers County -- Lafayette, Valley, Lanett and West Point. The mayors of the four cities meet together just about every month to exchange ideas and solve problems.


“We work very hard to identify those things that we can support one another on and we provide resources across community borders to really help our communities,” said Ferguson.

It's a strategy that's been successful in the past and officials from the four cities are hopeful it will work in fighting against gang violence.

Following the prayer vigil, officials exchanged ideas and formed a strategy to reverse the recent trend of violence. They say they'll continue to meet to execute this strategy and adapt to any challenges.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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