Rally against gun violence held in Albany after recent homicides

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ALBANY – A rally against gun violence took place Friday near Albany’s most recent homicide scene.

Albany 518 SNUG organized this event. They are fed up with the gun violence.

They gathered because on Wednesday, police say Wendall Ponce was shot and killed in a home on Stanwix Street.

This is Albany’s second homicide this year.

Albany police are also investigating another homicide days earlier near Madison Avenue where police say Christopher Bryant was shot and killed.

Justin Gaddy, one of the SNUG leaders, says they have been very busy the last week. They are working to comfort families who are grieving. He says before the summer, they plan to go to the schools and talk to the children about gangs.

SNUG leaders say if you’re dealing with an issue, please contact them before you resort to violence.

NewsChannel 13’s Jonathan Hunter will have a full report on the rally Live at 9 on My4, Live at 11 on NewsChannel 13 and on WNYT.com.