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Local pastor calls for solutions to end Troy violence

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TROY, N.Y. -- A well-known pastor is brought to tears when talking about the young people who have died on the streets of his city.

At a meeting Monday, Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link A.M.E. Zion Church appealed to the community for help.

"We've got to find some solutions, and I'm tired of it. I've had enough," said Bacote.

Despite his best efforts, he's seen too many families ripped apart by violence on the streets of Troy.

"For six years, I'm on this battlefield. And I'm sick of my children dying. Somebody has to come with some solutions. Somebody needs to be here to point us in the right direction because this is sad."

On Monday night, the pastor hosted a meeting at his church -- asking for opinions and ideas.

He heard from Florine Hart -- whose daughter lost a 17-year old friend to gunfire last year.

"You could see it in them. They weren't the same kids - like 'oh my goodness, Phillip's gone. He was just here.' they're looking at each other like, ‘wow; you could be here today and not be here tomorrow because of something stupid,'" said Hart.

Pastor Willie says the problem begins at home, where too many kids lack parental supervision and respect for others. He talked about the need for a community center, after-school programs, and transportation -- in hopes of breaking the cycle of violence.

"How many more of our children have to die? How many?"

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