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Group Fights To Stop Teen, Gang Violence

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Galaxy Star's Peace Makers is a group whose mission has been to stop teen and gang violence for the past eight years.

As more of their friends and family members have died because of violence, they are taking a more active approach in getting people involved and showing how violence affects the entire city.

"I'm tired of burying my homies - enough is enough. Let's stop the violence," said Galaxy Star member Craig Hodge.

Family and friends of the 21-year-old shot and killed during a high school graduation ceremony said their final goodbyes on Saturday.

Investigators believe gang violence led to the shooting of Andreus Taylor at Maplewood High School's graduation Monday.

Many members of Galaxy Star were at the graduation and personally knew Taylor.

The group members said the recent acts of violence among younger people, prompted them to do whatever it takes to get more people involved in ending the violence.

"When somebody gets killed by violence it starts a spiral of event. Uncalled for events and more people are getting killed. Why not just stop the cycle and try to stop them from doing that?" said Hodge.

During the eight years that ‘Galaxy Star Peace Makers' had been around more than 600 members have worked hard to promote unity within their community.

On Saturday they hit the streets at the corner of Jefferson and Rosa Parks to ask for donations and also passed out flyers with a message of respect.

"It's never too late, everyday you wake up and able to see another day, that's our message. There is hope," Youth Outreach Coordinator Rodney Britton.

Workers volunteer their time to counsel gang members, by helping them leave their violent life styles. They also mentor younger children and try to keep them out of gangs.

For more information about the Galaxy Star Peace Makers, click here.

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