City of Troy rallies for peace

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Updated: 8/24 12:14 pm

TROY, N.Y. -- Anger over the recent violence has been growing among residents in Troy, but yesterday, that was channeled into a positive outlook.

On Satuday, community leaders, Troy Police, the DA's office, and community members came together and agreed to stop placing blame and make a commitment to change.

The violence in Troy has grown rapidly in the past few months with a double homicide in Troy this week, a string of unsolved arsons, the stabbing death of 16-year-old Eshane Walker and in April, 19-year-old Vanessa Milligan and her unborn child were murdered.

Her Aunt, Shannon Williamson organized the walk today, as well as a free block party.

"I miss you terribly but they were my biggest inspiration to do this," Williamson said.

She says she was thankful when nearly 1,200 community members came out to show their support.

"We can do this if we all get together," said Williamson.

Alex Hebert, who is 14-years-old, says he is hopeful that the effort will work.

"I'm excited. It's going to change a lot of things because there was no fighting here today and everybody got along with each other, so maybe it's going to change stuff for the future, like make it brighter," said Hebert.

Kicking off that hope for change, residents made a pledge to do better and the DA's office assured them the unsolved crimes are top priority.

The DA says they are pouring their heart and soul into solving the crimes.

Another message to the community: If you see something, say something.

A 2,500 dollar reward is being given by Pastor Charlie's Church for anyone who gives information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible for the unsolved arsons.

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