'Stop the violence' rally planned in Alachua Thursday night
ALACHUA, Fla. (WGFL) —
Alachua church leaders are planning a Stop the Violence rally Thursday night following a pair of gang-related shootings that left one dead and five wounded.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the St. Matthew Baptist Church at 15712 NW 140th Street. A flier says the event, in partnership with local law enforcement, will be a conversation about the recent violence in a city that, before this week, saw its last homicide 10 years ago.
The church is located just a stone's throw from Maude Lewis Park, where 27-year-old Dana Walker Jr. was shot to death on the basketball court during an argument, police say.
A day later, police say someone shot three adults and two children, ages 3 and 2, on a street about a block and a half away from there. Police say they believe both shootings were related to neighborhood gangs and that the second shooting was payback for the first.