Community calls for change at Jerry Burrell Park
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Just days after arrests were made in two recent shootings in Schenectady, an organization called New York Communities for Change is holding a Community day to bring neighbors together against violence.
Local organizations set up tables to show their support, and kids played in the park. Last month, an 11-year-old boy and his 18-year-old brother were shot just feet from the park. That follows a shooting in March when two people were gunned down only blocks away.
Organizers of community day say they hope to raise awareness about keeping the community safe, and keep kids out of harm's way.
"Everybody says Hamilton Hill is a bad neighborhood, it's full of violence, and it's this and it's that, but it's been proven that good things come out of Hamilton Hill,” said Rev. Richard Parsons, Consecration Temple Church of God in Christ.
The event featured food and offered information on recreational activities and other community programs available for kids.