2 weeks after murder, church tries to stop gun violence

2 weeks after murder, church tries to stop gun violence

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A church sponsored a gun buyback in response to recent violence. (Source: WAFF) A church sponsored a gun buyback in response to recent violence. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

 In response to recent shootings in North Huntsville, the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church held an event to curb gun violence Friday. 

The church teamed up with the Madison County Sheriff's Department to host a gun buyback Friday and Saturday. Officials said people can drop off guns between 9 a.m. and noon in exchange for a $50 credit card. The department said it was a "no questions asked" situation. 

Senior Pastor O. Wendell Davis helped organize the event and said the church has been hit hard by violence, particularly the recent death of Ashia Oliver. Ashia's family members attended the event and said seeing the community come together to try and end violence gives meaning to Ashia's death.

"He didn't just take her away to take her away," cousin Acayycee Crutcher said. "He took her away to wake up Huntsville. The grieving is going to come, but we're smiling now. Just look at what's going on."

Pastor Davis said the church believes if they can provide kids with an alternative to risky activities, they can cut back on violence in the area. 

"We need to do more to reach out and be out there listening to people, and talking to people, and letting them know we're here for them," Davis said.

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