Quail St. shooting victim's parents address violence in the community

July 15, 2018 11:39 PM

"We have to do better." That's what leaders in the City of Albany said at a rally in Arbor Hill Park on Sunday.

Community members were at the park to address the recent spike in violence over the last two weeks. This as police identified the 31-year-old man shot and killed on Quail Street early Saturday morning as Khalil Barnes.


Barnes is the third person killed in Albany this month. His father, Marcus "Minister Justice" Barnes, said his great nephew lost two family members to gun violence in the last two weeks. His nephew is also related to Elijah Cancer, the victim shot and killed on Teunis Street last weekend. 

Barnes said his family learned about his son’s death on a day they should've been celebrating.

"My son died on her birthday so it's just unbelievable,” Barnes said.

Khalil’s mother Fatimah Rucker said it’s time for parents to come together.

"Our young children are lost but with the parents being friends we have to come together we have to do better,” Rucker said. “My son never hurt no one. Everybody had love for my son. Why this would happen, I have no idea but we have to do better we have to come together and do better."

Barnes called members of the community to be role models for young men and women.

"We've got to start manhood and womanhood training and it has to start in the local schools and charter schools, after school programs and men from the community and women from the community have to step up,” Barnes said.

That's exactly why members from four different motorcycle clubs came together to clean up the streets downtown, both literally and figuratively.

They said they want to set a good example for young men and women in those neighborhoods. Especially because many have misconceptions about what MC's are about.

High Rollaz, The Council H.O.O.D., Alpha Ridaz and Suicide Squad were some of the motorcycle clubs involved. Members said they're very active in the community all year long, but having their bikes out and sweeping the streets in the summertime really allows them to get their names and messages out.

No arrests have been made in connection to Barnes' death. He is the eighth person killed in the City of Albany this year. In all of 2017, a total of 8 people were murdered in Albany.


Emily Burkhard

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