Guardian Angels return to Albany

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An anti-violence group from New York City is returning to the Capital Region on the heels of a homicide this past Saturday.

At the same time, the Guardian Angels say they’re coming back to Albany Tuesday night to train new recruits and patrol the south end. The weekend shooting at First and Quail left Kahlil Barnes dead, prompting the Guardian Angels’ return. Although, they did not get a warm welcome when they visited Albany a week ago.

Victory Christian Church is offering a $5,000 reward for info leading to an arrest and they’re holding a prayer vigil Tuesday night to talk about ridding First Street of crime.

Locals from Arbor Hill reacted to their presence with concern and anger that outsiders wanted to police their neighborhood. Whether the street patrols could be a solution to the violence is up for debate, but people we spoke with yesterday had a clear, unified message.

“Somebody has to do something, because this is out of control, and I’m mad as hell.”

The Guardian Angels say today’s rainy weather won’t stop them.  They plan to meet with Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the police department next week.

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