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Community holds rally to stop violence in Lenoir County

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KINSTON, N.C. - People in Lenoir County are coming together to fight violence in the community.

On Saturday, a group of churches held a “reclaiming and restoring” our communities rally.  Dozens of people came out to Grainger Stadium for the event.

The rally featured speakers, community leaders, and a school supply giveaway.    

Revered Dorothy Gooding of walk of faith ministries helped put together the rally.  

"These communities that are affected by the gangs, we need to do something to let the community know that it's time to reclaim our community and restore these communities,” said Gooding.

Twelve year old Keniyah Becton came out to the rally to tell those committing the crimes they're hurting the whole community.

“People are taking the blame for somebody else's crime or murder and that's not right," said Becton.

Becton says if you're thinking about committing a crime or hurting someone, think of how it will impact others.

"They feel like because somebody did it to me, I have to do it to somebody else. No you do not. You're supposed to forgive and forget; and, when you forgive and forget you can love better, you will do better,” said Becton.

Rally organizers say they plan on holding a march against violence in the near future.

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