A call to end violence in Valdosta after Ora Lee West homicide

| December 1, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

woo-memorial-2VALDOSTA – On Wednesday, final goodbyes are written into the ground, where police found Emory Carter Jr. shot to death on Monday night.

“The older people are living longer than the younger people,” says Michael Williams, a Valdosta resident.

The flowers and balloons are in memory of the third young homicide victim in Valdosta in six weeks.

The memorial is now also a reminder that the violence needs to stop.

“Do we have to go to a baby’s funeral before people get concerned about their situation?” says Rev. J.D. Martin.

He’s with Citizens Against Violence.

The organization just moved next to Ora Lee West and is trying to prevent crime in the area.


“Only you, the community, residents, and people that live in these areas can do something about it,” says Rev. Martin.

They’re calling for the community to come together to fight violence and gangs in Valdosta.

“Our young people are headed in that direction for various reasons, but it doesn’t have to be,” adds Rev. Martin.

The group says it’s not too late, and people can still change their lives and others for the better.

“I think all these guys need to come together and call a truce and make this place a better place because Valdosta is not a bad place. It’s what you make of it,” says Williams.

Valdosta Police continues to investigate, and says there’s no one yet in custody.

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4 Comments on "A call to end violence in Valdosta after Ora Lee West homicide"

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  1. Rick Grimes says:

    Where is Rev. Floyd Rose on this? Absent, as usual.

  2. YES says:

    He’s been calling for this for years

  3. YES says:

    because you will never be anywhere Rev Rose is all you and people like you do is run your mouth