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Memorial rally to be held Monday in Augusta

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A memorial rally will be held Monday in memory of Trayvon Martin and to address crime committed by young people in Augusta.

The Rev. Larry Fryer, the Rev. Corey Brown and the Rev. Chris Waters will be holding an event at 4 p.m. Monday at Trinity CME Church at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watchman Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

Fryer said the rally will be to promote non-violence and education.

“This is not just a Florida issue,” he said. “It is a national issue. We want to remember Trayvon but we also want to emphasize local issues. We have crime in Augusta that crosses racial and gender lines.”

Fryer said the rally will also be a chance to speak to parents about being responsible gun owners. He referenced two recent shootings in the area by young people.

On Monday, 10-year-old Hunter Morris, was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old friend in a house in Hephzibah while playing video games.

Thursday, a 13-year-old Harlem girl, Ellie Kelly, was accidentally shot in the face and died Friday afternoon.

“We need to encourage parents to be responsible and lock up their guns,” Fryer said.

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belle 04/01/12 - 01:38 pm
I am confused, what is the

I am confused, what is the focus of this rally? To promote non-violence and education or to address racial profiling or responsible gun ownership? Trayvon's death had nothing to do with living his life in a non-violent manner and had nothing to do with responsible gun ownership. His case is in no way similar to the two tragic gun related deaths we have had here.

I am not against a positive rally, I just feel it is reckless to gather a group together and discuss painful and emotional issues without a clear focus.

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