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Hillcrest residents cookout to show strength against gang violence

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Residents who live in Hillcrest showed strength Wednesday night, rallying their community to help stop gang violence Residents who live in Hillcrest showed strength Wednesday night, rallying their community to help stop gang violence

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Families in the Hillcrest Community stayed out late Wednesday night, despite recent shootings around the Wilmington area in the last week.

Boots on the Group, a collection of pastors and church members, rallied around the grill for some food, fellowship and positive interaction. Pastor James Jamison said the event was meant to show families that they're in charge of their community, not a handful of outside negative forces, like gang members.

"If we're going to ask our congregation to live in these communities, we certainly can't act like we're afraid to come out into these communities at night," he said.

It didn't take long for the crowd to tear through 200 hundred hot dogs. It happened so fast, Jamison snuck away for another hundred.

Pastor Linwood Nesbitt made sure to mingle with the families living in the same neighborhood where he grew up. He said it's important to empower that families who live in Hillcrest.

"We have grandparents and children here," he said. "People with low income can't choose where they live."

The effort continues Thursday with a "cease fire" event, where Police Chief Ralph Evangelous will join the community and church leaders to try to bring an end to the gunfire in the city.

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