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Prayer Walk Spotlights Homicide Victim's Family

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LAWTON, Okla_Church leaders and concerned citizens are still hard at work trying to bring peace to Lawton in 2013 with the "Stop the Violence" campaign.

Late Saturday morning nearly 100 different members of the Lawton-Fort Sill community rallied around the family of Kenneth Young, the murder victim from the September 29th 2012, shooting at the Dew Drop Inn.

The crowd staged the third in a series of prayer walks that started at a local church at 13th and Cache Road and ended in the parking lot of the Dew Drop Inn.

As they walked the crowd chanted with conviction.

"Stop the violence! Release the peace!"

The chant echoed through the streets as Oscar Jones and the rest of his family marched in honor of his murdered nephew, Kenneth Young. Jones said the last few months have been unbearable for Young's entire family.

"It has been very hard for our family. Especially for Kenneth's mother, Carla. It's been very hard, you know. No one should have to bury their child. That was her only son, you know, and it hurts, " Jones said.

Jones and his family huddled close as pastors around them prayed first for the leadership in the town, second for the community and lastly, for the family themselves.

Kenneth Young's killer has still not been caught. Jones said his heartbroken sister will not rest until her son's killer is behind bars, but he says to do that they'll need the help of the entire community.

 

"If you know anything about my nephew's murder or any other murder, call the Lawton Police Department, " said Jones, "you can remain anonymous. You do not have to leave your name. You don't have to leave your phone number, but call the Lawton Police Department. Ask to speak to one of the detectives on duty, and tell them who did it. Let's stop this, let's bring these guys to justice. There's a lot of families out there that are still hurting just like our family is. Bring these people to justice and let's put them behind bars."

Jones said he feels inspired by the "Stop the Violence" campaign. He knows nothing will bring back Kenneth, but through these walks and crusades for peace, his memory will stay alive forever.

 

 

"Let's stop the violence. Let's get along. I mean, pulling guns and stabbing and shooting each other's not gonna stop nothing. You know, I just wanna say to those out there, if you're the one who killed my nephew, justice will be served. You will be brought to justice, " Jones said.

Since the first prayer walk back in November, there have been no homicides. Leaders of the "Stop the Violence" campaign are optimistic that their efforts have helped in the decline.

More prayer walks will be planned for the coming months, and a "Unity Concert" will be held on January 25th at the McMahon Center in Lawton, in conjunction with the campaign.

 

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