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Community fights against violence

By Kianga Kelley
Published On: Oct 06 2012 07:33:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 06 2012 10:29:20 PM CDT
GREENVILLE -

Several people took to the streets in Pitt County Saturday, marching against black-on-black crime in the community.

Keith Cooper, director of the Benevolence Corps, organized the peaceful walk in Greenville.  The walk ended in front of City Hall downtown. Cooper says there have been up to 15 violent acts committed within the African-American community over the past year.

“Every year 7,000 blacks are killed in the United States, those are alarming numbers,” said Cooper.

The most recent violence happened in June. Four people were shot outside the Phoenix night club in downtown Greenville.  Dontae' Haddock, 22, died that night. Three young men, all African American, were charged for his death.

“That was a senseless murder that could’ve been prevented,” said Cooper. “If we can change one mind, then I think that we did our job”.