Dothan mothers crying out to put an end to gun violence

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With double murders happening on Galaxie Drive and then Lena Street in recent days, the community is tired, and the mothers of the victims are hurting.

Tyeesha Martin, whose son was killed because of gun violence, put together a press conference to talk about the issue.

Martin believes a change needs to happen.

“This inspired me to stand up for your community somebody gotta stand up and say enough is enough we can not have this in our community,” she said.

Several city leaders such as Mayor Mark Saliba and Police Chief Steve Parrish, as well as those in the community, came together to support the mothers.

Many of them shared their heartbreaking stories on how they lost their children to senseless killings.

Now they’re asking kids to put their guns down and for the community to be one.

“By us mothers coming together and pleading to the community and to these children, that it will make a difference,” said Tori Williams, another mother of a killed teen. “It might not be today, and it might not be tomorrow, but I guarantee we reached someone.”

Williams said she believes this event will spark change. With police being there, she hopes to bridge the gap between the department and the community.

Cecelia Newdy, whose son was killed just two weeks ago, said retaliation is not the answer.

“You know ain’t no retaliation gonna ever bring none of our kids back,” said Newdy, mother of late Majic Collins. “We need to stand together and become stronger and we can all put an end to this.”

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