Decatur residents march against violence

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) -  A community taking a stand against crime. In the last few months, we've seen a number of violent acts in Decatur.

Most recently, the killing of Brandon Harris, found shot to death in a car on Wadsworth Street, last month.

Saturday, church and community leaders joined with concerned residents for a march against violence.

"I never thought it would happen to my uncle, he wasn't into the violence thing," said Mashayla Harris, the niece of Brandon Harris, as she stands before dozens of concerned Decatur residents.

Those that knew harris joined hands with fellow residents through a moment of silence then the release of balloons.

"Just referring to the Biblical text when Jesus asked the question 'Who is my neighbor?' Whether you live across town or next door you are my neighbor," said Pastor Travis Acklin of Canaan Community Christian Church, who organized the event.

The group then marched through the streets of Decatur, with Harris' family as an example of the cause so close to home.

"It's good and it's bad," said Harris' sister Zenobia. "I hate it had to be my family but we need it for the community. Not just for us, it's for everybody."

The rally is set to unite people of different skin colors, socioeconomic statuses, even those who wear a badge.

Decatur Police and Alabama State Troopers were present, not only blocking traffic for the march but also joining in.

"There are some police officers that believe in the community, love the community, and support the community, and some of the officers live in the community so it's good to see them out here," said Pastor Acklin.

The multicolored and multi-occupational group adds another layer of the simple message: one of unity and a determination to see less violence and crime in the river city.