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Community members pray for change in Chambers County

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

It was standing room only at the at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lanett, Ala. Friday night, July 11, as hundreds gathered to pray for change.

"If we do not come together in a time such as this, then the result will only be something that we can shake our heads at," says Reverend Carmen Walker of Mt. Zion AME Church in Opelika.

Law enforcement officials, area and religious leaders, and members of the public came together as one to turn to a higher power for a plan to fight area gang activity within Chambers County.

"We see it happening, and really don't know what direction to go. We need the community's help," says Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon.

Lanett Police believes 500 plus gang members are in Chambers County, 300 of those members within the City.

With two shootings happening within a week, both believed to be gang related, city leaders are strategizing a plan to fight poverty and crime.

"This is my district. These are my people. I cried to the Lord, and he has heard my cry," says Lanett Councilman, Stanley Roberts.

One area of interest for change includes public housing, like the Jackson Heights Complex, where both recent shootings took place. Hand in hand, a community vowed to speak up, and not let tragedy strike again.

"It's time to take action," says Walker.

Roberts did tell the crowd tonight that changes are already in the works in the City of Lanett. A curfew will be instituted for younger children in the next 30 days, and they are creating identification cards for public housing residents.

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