BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Faith-based groups gathered to call a halt to gang violence and drug abuse in the Brunswick County area Saturday.
Citizens met at the Brunswick River Park to address those issues.
Eric Joyner, a reverend at new Vision of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, was in attendance to speak to others about bringing the community together and reducing violence.
"We want our communities back," said Joyner. "We want our children back. Parents need help. Young people need help. They need resources."
Local law enforcement officials were also in attendance. Leland Police Chief Mike James liked the idea of law enforcement and community groups working together.
"It's a good partnership," said James. "If the faith-based community steps up like this, it can solve a lot of problems."
Joyner said he knows there is still a lot of work to be done.
"We know every problem is not going to be solved. We know it's not going to be something that happens overnight, but we're taking a stand and letting people know that we're here for the long haul."