Anti-violence rally held in honor of Moultrie shooting victims
Almost a month to the day after four people were shot outside of a house in Moultrie, dozens gathered to spread their anti-violence message.
On March 3rd, three men allegedly began shooting at a group of people outside 224 NW 2nd Street, hitting four people. 50-year-old James Key died on the scene while his nephew, 42-year-old Eric DeBruce, also known as "Big Ug" and "The Gentle Giant" died two weeks later due to complications from his gunshot wounds.
On Tuesday, Pastor R.O. Calhoun, Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington, Moultrie Police Department Chief Frank Lang and dozens of others gathered outside of the home to spread their message of "stop the violence and turn to God."
Key's sister and DeBruce's mother Lola Lee says she hopes people take the message to heart so no one else ever has to feel the loss of not only a brother but a son as well.
Pastor Calhoun says senseless crimes like these make people look like animals but they can be stopped if people just turn to their faith.
Those who came out also commended the town for helping law enforcement officials make quick arrests in the case. Less than one week after the shooting, 24-year-old Antonio Dewayne Williams and 23-year-old Derek Lamar Rushing were arrested for the two murders and Sheriff Whittington says it is because of the cooperation from the public that this was possible.
Lee says it is important not to respond with anger or more violence and feels only sympathy for the parents of the two men arrested. Lee says although Williams and Rushing's parents have lost their children as well, it hurts to think that their parents will still be able to tell them they love them while she can never tell DeBruce or Key those things again.
Key's wife Vanessa Key says the past month has been hard on all of the family, but they have to remain strong for the children both men left behind.
For now, family members and law enforcement agree that the most important thing is that they do all they can to prevent more senseless crimes from happening again.
Officials say they're still looking for a third man in connection to the shootings and ask for anyone with information to please contact the Moultrie Police Department or the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.