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People as young as 4 come out to March Against Violence in Troy


TROY, N.Y. - One Pastor is trying to bring awareness in his community as he says it's all too common nowadays with people turning to gun violence.  NEWS10 ABC's Jennifer Lee was there as he and others marched against violence on Saturday in North Central Troy.

People young and old were marching the streets of North Central Troy to send out an important message.

"It's time that we stopped the non-sense in our community and preserve the lives of these children."

Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link AME Zion Church along with a handful of youngsters, teenagers and adults are standing up against violence.

12-year-old Nijear Howard said he was marching Saturday because he fears going outside to play.

"After 8 o'clock it gets dark and the street lights come on and that's when all the people come out."

The 7th grader says he's talking about the bad people with guns.

 He and other children walked up 6th Avenue Saturday morning letting their voices be hear, the youngest one is four years old.

The group stopped by areas where violence has occurred throughout the city.

Pastor Willie says he has coordinated these marches for over seven years now and even held gun buyback programs trying to make the community a little safer.

Pastor Willie hopes today's event will get more people to join in the march against violence.


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