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Neighborhood organizes march to stand up against recent violence

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MADISON (WKOW)-- After several violent crimes in the Theresa/Hammersley neighborhood in Madison, residents are standing up against violence.

"Stop the violence keep the peace," the crowd of neighbors cheers.

In recent months there have been several violent crimes in the neighborhood. There was a fight this Summer involving 75 people armed with garden rakes and dumb bells and a second fight involving eight women who brutally attacked a young woman outside a home.

However, it was the most recent crime, a shooting that critically injured 29-year-old Jamicia Fuller on September 6th, that is motivating neighbors to rise up.

"That bullet changed her life. That bullet changed her family life. That bullet changed her children's lives and that bullet changed the neighborhood," Fuller's godmother Sherway Wallace says.

Neighbors marched from Falk Elementary to Theresa Terrace and Jacob's Way, the street corner where Fuller was shot.

It wasn't just residents of Hammersley Road and Theresa Terrace that participated in the march. Residents from all over the neighborhood and other neighborhoods joined in to take a stand against violence.

"It's people from Theresa, Jacobs, Prairie Hills, Meadow Wood and Green Tree," Madison Alder Matt Phair says.

Alder Phair represents these neighborhoods and says the march is only the beginning. Community members hope to open a brand new community center on Theresa Terrace next Summer.

"There's just a lot more things that need to be done. People need to stand up and get together about violence and talk about how can we as a neighborhood end some of this violence," Phair says.

Neighbors in the area are also working on several before and after school programs to keep kids off the street. The most successful so far was a flag football league for young boys.

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