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Group of ex-inmates rally for peace after triple shooting

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Peace in the Streets gathers for the rally. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC Peace in the Streets gathers for the rally. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A small group rallied for peace in Birmingham's Inglenook community Thursday a week after a shooting injured three people. Three suspects have been arrested in the case.

Peace in the Streets members know firsthand the consequences of violence. This group of former inmates say their goal is to show others that a life of crime and violence leads nowhere good.

"Being a parent, I feel like all the violence needs to stop," Vonesha Story said.

Story saw the march going on and joined in. She says the triple shooting last week happened in front of her house.

"I [had] just pulled off in the car with my baby. My cousin was the one shot in the leg. It scared me. I was nervous and shaking because I was like, ‘I had just pulled off'. So it's like that could of been me or my baby," she said.

Wilbert Tyes with Peace in the Streets says he spent 20 years in prison for murder. He hopes to get across to youth, helping them learn from his mistakes.

"We can be bad, bullies, gangsters now, but it's a different story behind them walls, a different story," Tyes said.

"We sold the drugs, we gang banged," Reverend Tommy Bailey said.

Bailey, who is director of Peace in the Streets, says because he's done all of that, he feels like he can get across to young people living that life now.

"It's no future in it. You're going to go to jail. You're going to get caught. We're not proud of what we've done, but at the same time we're proud of what we're doing now. And that's to try to help make a difference," Bailey said.

Members of Peace in the Streets are taking their efforts to other parts of Birmingham and also across the state. They're planning marches in Montgomery, Mobile and Greenville.

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