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Huntsville community rallies to ‘Stop the Violence’

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After the recent shootings involving Huntsville’s youth, local leaders a asking the community to help “Stop the Violence”. They held a “Summer Fest” rally on Saturday, one of the two events aimed at preventing violence in the area.

Organizers with the non profit are doing what they can to get the message of peace across to residents, especially the younger crowds. They held an anti-bullying/anti-violence rally at the Richard Showers Center in Huntsville Saturday.

The idea is to teach kids there are other ways to deal with situations rather than violence and hurting others.

The event was sponsored by Second Chance Helping Hands Outreach Ministry, a non profit dedicated to helping people whose lives are impacted by hardship. The group was at the event, providing assistance to adults that need jobs, and children that need mentoring.

Summer Fest organizer and concerned resident Patrice Lanier hopes it’s a proactive approach to stopping violent crimes.

“There’s been a lot of violence that just really happened, you know, and it’s going to continue if we don’t work together, and I don’t want to wait until it happens to reach out, I want to reach out now,” she said.

It’s all in response to recent violence, including the shooting death of 18-year-old Ashia Oliver. Oliver was killed Wednesday morning following a fight at the Sunoco Gas Station in North Huntsville.

Lanier hopes her message get’s across, and the violence in the community stops.