Activist helps hurting community heal with food, kindness - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Activist helps hurting community heal with food, kindness

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One activist is providing nourishment to a hurting neighborhood after a devastating murder.

Wednesday, three gang members were arrested and charged with the murder of 7-year-old Kirsten Williams.

"I'm kinda glad they caught the folks who did it though," said Williams' cousin, Curtis Taylor.

Taylor saw her just hours before she died in a drive-by shooting in the 2600 block of Durby Circle on April 10.

"Everybody's happy they off the street," Taylor added. "I hope they don't let them off easy."

Police say the girl was playing in a driveway when gang members drove up and opened fire. They believe the shooting was retaliation for an earlier incident and she was not the intended target.

Local Activist Larry Hunter says giving back to the community is the best way to mend the pain. Thursday, he parked a trailer on Durby Circle to pass out $5,000 worth of bread and sweets.

"We have to come from behind our churches and go into the streets and try to make a difference," said Hunter, who is the Director of Sober House Mission. "That's what real Christians do. They come from behind their church and go into the neighborhood and talk to the gang members."

Hunter says the way to stop violence is through spreading love to reach both victims and violators.

"You never know," Hunter added. "If you could change one gang member, that gang member can go back and change another one. That's how we make a difference."

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