Community urges end to violence following Thanksgiving Day shooting

November 29, 2016 11:41 AM

ALBANY - "Nobody wants to get the bad news of them losing a loved one to something that's so small that was street oriented," said Albany Cure Violence member Ardra Wilson. "You don't want that news to come to your family," she said.

Wilson and other members of the Albany Cure Violence, an anti-violence and outreach group, are calling for an end to senseless killings.

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They rallied outside of Rocks nightclub Monday evening where police said 26-year-old Wendell Hill of Troy was killed on Thanksgiving Day during an early morning shooting.

"A young man had lost his life due to the neglect of, of other individuals that were acting as if they were care free. He didn't deserve to lose his life,".

Rocks popular among Albany's LGBTQ community.

But the owner says the party was for people of different backgrounds and police insist the shooting wasn't a hate crime.

Still, Urban Grief founder Lisa Good, who works with people impacted by trauma, said violence effects everyone no matter where it happens.

"When we don't have programming and resources that prevent the violence and that help people recover and heal from the violence...that just like any other disease, it's going to spread," Good said.

"Stop the violence, pick up a book. Stop shooting, stop stabbing people," said Nashek Green who also attended the rally. "Go to school. Do something with your life," he said.

Wilson says she knows why so many kids feel that isn't a possibility.  

"I was once a kid somewhat of that nature as to where I looked for comfort in the streets," Wilson said. "So I've learned the hard way," she said.

Now Wilson works with Cure Violence so her 22-year-old son and other young people don't have to.

"Learn from your mistakes and give back to the younger ones that you see going down the same path that you have been down yourself," she said. 


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