Tonight, members of the Macon residents and local leaders are beginning to understand that stopping youth violence starts with gaining each other's trust.
At a Unity-N-Community open forum, many different voices were heard.
Young men and women expressed their concerns with the people who put their friends and family behind bars. But tonight, it was all about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the citizens, and taking the first step toward curbing violence in the Macon community.
"This is the beginning of something big, if everybody continue to come and voice their opinions. That's the main thing, people should have a line of open communication," Todd Williams, Macon resident.
Todd Williams was raised in South Macon. Now, in addition to his job, he hosts "at risk youth seminars" around the country.
He says it's important for young members of the community, especially here in Macon, to see there's always a choice when it comes to violence.
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