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Claxton meeting focuses on local firearm violence
Two recent gun deaths prompt public concern
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Participants in Thursday's NAACP-led mass community meeting sing "We Shall Overcome" in a circle that includes family members of the recent shooting victims. At center, left to right, are the late Bryan Mobley's cousin, Verna Joyce, family friend Eric Winfree and brother, Charles Mobley. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff
CLAXTON — About 60 people gathered Thursday night at Claxton’s First African Missionary Baptist Church to say “enough” after the deaths of two young black men in gun violence nearby in the past two months.In fact, the mobile home outside of which Elon Green, 26, was shot Oct. 18 is about three blocks up Church Street from First African and just beyond the city limits. Green was shot during what Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins described as a late-night gathering where drugs and alcohol were present. That same day, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Levi Kennedy Jr., 27, of Claxton, with murder.In an unrelated incident, Bryan Mobley, 30, was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Dec. 2 inside a house on Claxton’s Oak Street.
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