Kinston officials and residents take part in community prayer walk

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Kinston community is rallying around one another after a recent shooting, hoping to stop other incidents from happening in the future.

Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes said Monday night’s event was to get in front of the issues. He said, “One shooting in Kinston is one shooting too many and I’m impressed with the community and it’s a shame that incidents like this overshadow the commitment of so many wonderful people in Kinston.”

Jaynes explained that he’s not surprised by the show of support from the many residents who came out to show their support. Many of them say it’s time for change.

One resident we spoke to says they are ready to take action. Clicent Boyd said, “It’s time for real fathers, real men, to get back out in the community. I remember I was one of the one in one million that went to that million man march and we declared that we would come back to our community, matter of fact, we vowed, that we would come back to our community and make a change. And brothers, we didn’t do that. We still have a chance to make it right.”

Those younger residents say they plan to reinforce positive behavior and community unity to change the culture they currently live in. Quamnon Koonce is ten years old and said, “If they do something bad, I’m going to tell them the right thing to do. And when they’re doing something right, I’m going to give them a compliment about it.”

The prayer walk is considered a huge success and many that attended say they’re encouraged for the future.

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