Program Tries To Steer Kids Away From Gangs After Fatal Shooting

By Eames Yates
August 1, 2013

Lowndes County, GA - Thirty one year old Antoni Tippins has yet to be arrested. He's been accused of shooting and killing twenty four year old Jarid Little this past Tuesday. The Valdosta Police Department says Tippins was connected with the Crips street gang, while Little was connected to the Bloods.

Andre Newson is a coordinator at the Mildred Hunter Community Center. He said "these are the bad consequences of things that happen to you if you follow the wrong peer pressures and the wrong people."

Newson started the Marching Pride Drill Team ten years ago as a way to steer kids away from Gangs. More than 100 have graduated from the program, including Jordan Jenkins-- who is now enrolled at Benedict College in South Carolina.

Jenkins said "when I was younger it was a presence just like it is now. It wasn't as strong as it is now but it's still a presence. And with this program it just shows you that yeah it's out there. You can see it everyday, you can walk down the road an see it. But this program gives you something to look forward to saying I don't got to do that, I don't got to die."

It's just another way to show kids they have options outside of a gang. Valdosta Police are still looking for Antoni Tippins. The Marching Pride meets at the Mildred Hunter Community Center. To contact the center call (229) 259-5407

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