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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Michael Brown's death continues to draw national attention and uproar across the country, and a local non-profit organization decided to hold a peace gathering on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness to stop violence.

Chain Breakers United, Inc. had a "Peaceful Rage" photo shoot at Carver Park. People who wore red to the event had lost their loved ones to crime.

Khaalis Wooden, founder of the organization, said the red symbolizes the bloodshed and lives lost in the Columbus area.

"There are a lot of things going on across the country, but we've also had our issues here as well," Wooden said. "Michael Brown's death doesn't seem so foreign to lot of us here. We had Zakarious Flint who was shot to death in March by a Columbus State University officer. Tragedies like this can happen anywhere."

Wooden said Michael Brown's death hits home for him.

"It could've been me, it could've been anyone who could've lost their lives like Michael Brown did," Wooden said.

People who wore red to the event took pictures with their hands up. Hands up, don't shoot is a social media movement that spurred after the shooting of Michael Brown. The attendees will be sharing their pictures online to send positive messages and support throughout the community.

"It's time for us to start a new dialogue," Wooden said. "We want to start having new conversations. We want people to start having new thoughts. We aren't trying to be the solution to current existing problems, but we want to be part of the new solutions that will be created to make Columbus into a better city. We want to be part of a positive movement. Anyone can join us."

Those interested in learning more about Chain Breakers United, Inc can find the group on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chainbreakersunited.

You can also email them at chainbreakersunited@gmail.com

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