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Columbus Ministers Vow To Stem Deadly Violence

A group of Columbus Baptist ministers today says it will become more visible and more vocal in its efforts to stem violence. Pastor Antquan Potts, of Adoration and Peace Baptist church, says the group has a clear goal. "Less funerals, less violence in the community."  Says Rev Potts. So far this year, Columbus police report 42 homicides and 74 percent of homicide victims are African-American. Baptist Ministers Alliance President Reverend Matthew Carter says the anti-violence effort starting Friday night will combine community forums and the group's contacts with neighborhood businesses to help keep 8 to 18 year olds out of trouble. "We believe that if we can reach the young men. Then we'll see a difference on the streets in Columbus. So its a longer range program. It isn't something that's going to happen overnight. Its not a quick fix-it. Its something that's going to take, perhaps, really a decade to really see a real impact."  Says Rev Carter. Carter and other ministers, who represent 90 churches, say the success of the anti-violence effort hinges in part on male role models and neighborhood jobs for teens.