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Group Focuses On Gun Crime Prevention As Spring Break Arrives

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Signs hang near the West Greenville Community Center Signs hang near the West Greenville Community Center
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Anti-crime activists are using this holiday weekend and upcoming spring break week to educate young people about gun violence.

"Put down your guns, young people," Jack Logan shouted from his megaphone Friday night in West Greenville.

Logan walked through the streets as he has in the past where he hands out literature and invites people to events.

This time of year is critical to his campaign.

"With spring break and the summer time coming. with violence on the rise with adults in this county, we do not want our kids to be copy cats," Logan said.

Logan wants to help teens make smart decisions.

But he's very clear about what will happen if they make the wrong ones.

"People like me are going to be in court that day to ask the judge for the maximum sentence," Logan said.

Logan's appeal to young people comes at the end of a bloody week in the Greenville area. Friday morning someone found a body with a gunshot wound and authorities began another murder investigation.

"We still grieve every day because of senseless crime," Roberta Gilliam said.

Gilliam's son died after someone shot him last year.

Tonight she joined other grieving parents, hoping the outreach makes a difference.

"The kids need to learn that you can't bring a life back. You can't bring a child back," Gilliam said.

Shonte Lester's son Tavaris also died in November.

She brought several of his friends to a ceremony hosted by Logan's group Friday night.

She says there's better things for people to do than mess around with guns.

"Pick up a book read, go to church, anything," she said.

As parents have kids home this spring break, Logan wants parents to focus on preventing any further tragedies.

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