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David Scott's sister, Shavon Tolbert, is organizing a rally to stop violence in Columbus. David Scott's sister, Shavon Tolbert, is organizing a rally to stop violence in Columbus.
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus family who lost their loved one to gun violence will be rallying against violence. People will meet at the Michael Fluellen Recreation Center located on 8th St. on Jan. 18 for the event.

David Scott, 34, was shot and killed on Sept. 19, 2013 when a group of five men allegedly fired dozens of rounds inside a car.

Now, Scott's sister Shavon Tolbert is holding a My Brother's Keeper Rally to stop the violence with the help of the community to honor his name.

"I started this rally when my brother was killed September last year," Tolbert explained. "I decided to start this march, so that we can raise awareness to the community about violence."

David Scott was murdered on 7th St. and Coolidge Ave. Five suspects allegedly shot and killed Scott.

"Those men were young adolescents," Tolbert said. "They were in the ages of 19 through 22. Young adults need to realize now that hurting people for no reason is not okay. You are destroying lives. My family has never been the same ever since we lost my brother."

Tolbert said she is expecting to see about 250 to 300 people attend the rally. 

Refreshments will be provided, and people will be able to purchase T-shirts.

Motivational speakers, college program coordinators and other victims' families will be at the event to give their testimonies and other resources.

"My brother's birthday is January 19. We are going to hold it the day before his birthday to remember him," Tolbert explained.

Tolbert attended local meetings and conferences about stopping violence in the Chattahoochee Valley. Tolbert believes that she will have full support from the town to help stop violence.

"I named the rally My Brother's Keeper," Tolbert said. "As a community, we all have to be each other's keeper. We got to look out for each other. I would've never thought this tragedy would happen to us. However, it knocked at my door. It took my family in surprise. It can knock at anyone's door any time, so we have to prevent violence before more lives are lost."

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