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Nov 12, 2012 11:48 PM by Maddie Garrett

Father Calls for End to Violence After Son was Shot and Killed

A father is calling for an end to violence in his community after his son was shot and killed Sunday in Abbeville. Police said the accused shooter, Dedrick Maze, turned himself in after he allegedly shot 23-year-old Jacolby Walker in Walker's backyard at his house on Lyman Street.

Now friends and family of Walker in Abbeville are trying to take back the streets. They say the neighborhood where he was murdered in no stranger to violence, but they hope on Friday it will be an area of change in the community.

"It has to come to an end sooner or later, because I lost somebody who is dear to me that I will never get back," said Walker father's, Alton Brailey.

Like any father, Brailey is missing his son, gunned down by someone he said was a family friend.

"They lost a son, I lost a son. It's not just for me, I'm hurting both ways because I know this young man (maze) like the back of my hand," said Brailey.

Lawrence Levy is the pastor of Hood Hospital Ministry. He also knows both families, they all grew up together in the same neighborhood where Walker was killed.

"It pierced me because we've had so many murders, we've had three just this year. And it's sad because everybody's young, it's all centered around violence, drugs, things of that nature," said Levy.

It's that nature that Levy wants to change, and he's starting by gathering the community together this Friday.

"It's going to take for all of us to come together and say let's stand as a real community and do something about the negativity as well as all the violence that's taking place in Abbeville," explained Levy.

While Walker might be gone, his father thinks the rally on Friday will be a step in the right direction to taking the streets back.

Levy said they will have a march through the streets before the rally and revival, starting at 6:15pm Friday in the 300 block of Dutel. The rally and revival will take place after the march at 301 Dutel Street.

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