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‘Stop the Killing’ Rally Aimed at Keeping Youth off the Streets
7/23/2014 3:26:21 PM

Minister Vanderbilt Evans (at podium) addresses crowd at Stop the Violence Rally on July 18. Photo: Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
Fed up church members in North Charleston decided to take a stand against the recent increased criminal activity in their community.

The Resurrected Life Ministry in Jesus Christ located at 1906 Reynolds Avenue held a Stop the Killing rally themed “Our Communities are dying but we have the power to stop it” this past Friday. Members of the church, led by Minister Vanderbilt Evans, voiced their concerns for the troubled youth terrorizing their neighborhoods.

The rally was a result of recent criminal activity over the past week in North Charleston. The crimes included prostitution arrests, a shooting at the Cheapway gas station on Dorchester Road, a fatal shooting outside of the Circle A store on Spruill Avenue, and another shooting that injured two people near West Enterprise and Dolphin street.

Evans, emotional at times, gave a riveting speech as youth listened to his message outside of a gas station across the street from the ministry. “I?want you to know that God loves you, you don’t have to be out here doing what you’re doing!?Let God show you the way and everything will be okay,”?he preached as he looked in the direction of the youth.

“I?know what these young people are going through. I’ve mentored the incarcerated, both black and white for over 30 years. They can’t tell me they can’t make a change in their life because I’ve seen it done and I?believe in them,” Evans said with conviction.

Although the gathering was small, the message was heard loud and clear by those walking or passing by in their vehicles, often stopping to listen to the Minister preach.

Curtis Thompson, a Minister of Christian Education at Trinity Worldwide Outreach Ministries, was a strong supporter of Evans and the Ressurected Life Ministry.

“We have to try to do something to change the culture in our communities. We can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch these things continue to happen. If you want something done, you have to stand up and say something,”?Thompson said.

Pastor Evans hopes to get more mentors involved to work with the youth to stop some of the senseless violence happening everyday. There have been 31 shootings and 11 murders so far in North Charleston this year and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.

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