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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BRITTINY BARBER.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
JUST WEEKS AFTER TWO SEPARATE TEEN SHOOTINGS... MACON POLICE HAVE ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE WHO THEY SAY WERE INVOLVED.
THE SHOOTINGS HAPPENED DAYS APART... ONE NEAR A SCHOOL BUS STOP... ANOTHER... A FATAL SHOOTING OUTSIDE A MACON BALLROOM.
BUT AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... ONE GROUP IS REACHING OUT TO TEENS IN EFFORT TO STOP THE VIOLENCE.
Nats, singing

FOR ABOUT 20 TEENS... IT'S THE WAY TO GET THEIR VOICES HEARD.

Nats: "You got a question?"

THERE TO ANSWER... BIBB COUNTY CORONER... LEON JONES.
IT WAS A PART OF A LOVE OF GOD INTERNATIONAL CATHEDRAL TEEN SUMMIT.

Leon Jones: "Nobody has told me where the guns are commin' from in the first place."

HE GEARED DISCUSSION... AROUND MACON'S RECENT TEEN SHOOTINGS.

Christiana Bradley, Macon: "It could've, you know, happened anywhere, but it just so happened, it happened in Macon."

CHRISTIANA BRADLEY GRADUATED FROM WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL LAST SPRING... SHE SAYS MOST OF WHAT SHE HEARD ABOUT GANG ACTIVITY... HAPPENED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM... SOMETIMES SHE SAYS... ON FACEBOOK.

Christiana Bradley: "They may not put it on the walls and stuff, but they can inbox you, they can stalk you, they can harass you. And I'm like yeah, sometimes if you push somebody to the edge they might go do the unthinkable."

ACCORDING TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF VICTIMS IN BOTH SHOOTINGS... THE INCIDENTS STEMMED FROM ON-LINE ARGUMENTS.

Leon Jones: "It's black on black crime. We've been talking about it for a while back. Now it's young people. Young black males shooting young black males. Young black males killing young black males."

FOR SUMMIT ORGANIZER... KAREN WHITE... IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CHANGE.

Karen White, Macon: "I see the same thing happening with some of the teenagers where either they don't have somebody to talk to them, or they have people in the home that won't talk to them."

SO FOR BRADLEY AND OTHER TEENS... IT'S AN OUTLET... TO LEARN TO STOP THE VIOLENCE.

Christiana Bradley: "People should really be more careful about who they doin' stuff to, what they goin' around sayin', what they call theyself reppin'. All that. They should just really be mindful of that."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
WHITE SAYS THE SUMMIT WRAPPED UP TONIGHT WITH SEVERAL CONCERTS.
MACON CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULED A MEETING FOR THURSDAY... TO DISCUSS A CRIME INTERVENTION STRATEGY... AND REVIEW CURFEW PLANS.
FRIENDS.. FAMILY AND FORMER PLAYERS CAME TOGETHER TO SAY GOODBYE TO A LEGENDARY CENTRAL GEORGIA BASKETBALL COACH.
DONALD RICHARDSON.. BETTER KNOWN AS "DUCK"... WAS MUCH MORE THAN A HEAD COACH TO THE YOUNG MEN THAT WORE THE PATRIOT UNIFORM...
RICHARDSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 LAST SUNDAY MORNING...
THIS AFTERNOON HIS FUNERAL WAS HELD AT "DUCK'S COURT" IN THE SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM...
HIS FORMER PLAYERS TOLD STORIES OF THE MAN THAT BECAME A FATHER FIGURE TO THEM,.... WHILE LEADING THE PROGRAM TO SIX STATE TITLES AND A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP...
THEY SPOKE OF HIS TOUGH DISCIPLINE, AND DESIRE TO HELP EACH YOUNG MAN REACH HIS POTENTIAL...
IN 21 YEARS... HE HELPED 92 KIDS RECEIVE BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIPS,... HE COACHED FUTURE NBA PLAYERS... AND INSTILLED SOME VERY VALUABLE LESSONS
MYLES PATRICK; Even though he was a hard disciplinary he really really cared about what happened to you in life
SHARONE WRIGHT; He always was real positive toward me told me what I could and could not be pushed me all the major things that I needed at that time in my life
NORM NIXON; When you walk in the gymnasium you see all the guys lives that he touched and there were many many generations of us so we're all gonna miss him dearly
RICHARDSON AND HIS WIFE JACQUELINE HAD THREE SONS AND A DAUGHTER...
NIXON THANKED RICHARDSON'S FAMILY FOR ALLOWING THE TEAM TO SPEND SO MANY HOURS WITH "DUCK" THROUGH HIS YEARS AS A COACH.
AROUND 100 GEORGIA STUDENTS CAME OUT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A CAREER IN THE MILITARY..
SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS AND REPRESENTIVE AUSTIN SCOTT... HOSTED MILITARY ACADEMY DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN WARNER ROBINS.
THE GOAL... TO GIVE STUDENTS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATION'S SERVICE ACADEMIES.
KIDS FOUND OUT THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS... AND HOW TO APPLY TO THE SCHOOLS.
CHAMBLISS SAYS HE HOPES THE EVENT SHOWS STUDENTS... THE MANY POSSIBILITIES OF A MILITARY EDUCATION...
AND ONE STUDENT SAYS SHE PLANS TO USE MILITARY DAY... TO JUMPSTART HER CAREER AS A PILOT.
Jayna Poucher Newnan Ga "I think that i have more of plane, I think I know what I am doing now. And now I think that I can do it; it is not just oh I want to be a poilt some day, its oh I could be a poilt one day so it is pretty cool."
ACADEMY REPRESENTATIVES WERE ALSO ON-HAND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
THE SMELL OF BARBEQUE FILLED THE AIR IN FORT VALLEY TODAY... AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL HAMBONE JAM.
AROUND 35 TEAMS FIRED UP THEIR GRILLS IN THE HOPES OF BEING NAMED THE BEST BARBEQUE GRILL MASTER IN THE STATE.
THE TEAMS COOKED UP BARBEQUE FAVORITES LIKE PORK LOIN... PULLED PORK... AND RIBS.
FOLKS AT THE HAMBONE JAM SAMPLED THE GRILLED MASTERPIECES WHILE LISTENING TO LIVE MUSIC.
ONE TEAM USED THEIR GRILLING SKILLS TO RAISE MONEY FOR A FRIEND... WHO'S FACING AN ILLNESS.
Stacey Baughcum "I am just blown awy that these many people care about on little person I can not express how amazed and greatful I am"
THE MONEY RAISED FOR STACEY BAUGHCUM BY THE LAW DOGS TEAM WILL BE USED TO HELP HER WITH THE COST OF MEDICAL BILLS.
IN HONOR OF SEPTEMBER 11TH.. .PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER IN CENTRAL CITY PARK... TO REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST THAT DAY... AND THOSE WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR FREEDOM.
THE "LIFTING UP THE SPIRITS OF 9-11" EVENT HONORED FIREFIGHTERS... E-MS.. AND POLICE OFFICERS.. AND ALSO THE MILITARY.
ORGANIZER TOSHA PHILLIPS... SAYS HER HUSBAND DIED WHILE SERVING IN THE MILITARY THREE YEARS AGO.. AND SHE ALSO LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY ON 9-11.
SHE SAY THIS IS HER WAY OF PAYING TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM OVERSEAS... AND WHO WORK TO KEEP US SAFE EVERYDAY AT HOME.
Tosha Phillips, Event Organizer :" It's just bringin awareness that you knnow as America we all just need to pull together and not forget what happened on that day and always remember our fallen heros and those who always protect us." LATER IN THE EVENING.. PEOPLE RELEASED BALLONS WITH LIGHTS TIED TO THEM.
PHILLIPS SAYS THAT WAS TO REPRESENT THE LIVES LOST OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.
SECURITY IS EXTRA TIGHT FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TERROR ATTACKS...
THAT'S AS INVESTIGATORS TRY TO DETERMINE IF THERE'S ANY TRUTH TO THE LATEST TERROR THREAT AGAINST NEW YORK CITY AND WASHINGTON, DC.
RANDALL PINKSTON REPORTS FROM GROUND ZERO.
POLICE ARE OUT IN FORCE IN LOWER MANHATTAN ON THE EVE OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS. THE HEIGHTENED SECURITY FOLLOWS A TIP THAT AL-QAEDA MAY BE PLANNING TO SET OFF A CAR BOMB AT BRIDGES AND TUNNELS IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C.
(SOT JAMES McJUNKIN, FBI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) We are prepared and working very well with our local and state partners.
SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL SAY THERE'S NO PROOF THAT the THREE AL-QAEDA OPERATIVES they are looking for HAVE ENTERED THE COUNTRY TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK. STILL, POLICE ARE BEING EXTRA VIGILANT.... SETTING UP VEHICLE CHECKPOINTS AND TOWING AWAY UNATTENDED CARS.

(RANDALL PINKSTON/CBS NEWS/GROUND ZERO)

police in new york city are ALSO PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE RECENT THEFT OF THREE VANS -- TWO WERE STOLEN FROM A COMPANY THAT DOES WORK HERE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE. A THIRD WAS TAKEN FROM A STORAGE FACILITY IN NEW JERSEY.

Officials STRESS that - at this point -- the vans are not connected TO ANY SPECIFIC PLOT.

THE TERROR THREAT is not stopping those want to attend this weekend's events commemorating the attacks

( sot 6:56:41 Bob Zimmer I'm concerned, I'm aware, I'm looking over my shoulder but I'm not staying away.)

AT ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL ACROSS THE STREET FROM GROUND ZERO, THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS WERE WRITTEN ON WHITE RIBBONS.

(NATS)
AT SAINT PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL, A SERVICE WAS HELD FOR THE 343 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED, INCLUDING LIEUTENANT PATRICK LYONS WHOSE SON WAS BORN JUST WEEKS AFTER THE ATTACKS.

(SOT Patrick Lyons/Son of Fallen Firefighter Lt. Patrick Lyons) I know that you are in heaven and always watching over me. I love that you are a hero.

AND AT THE PENTAGON, FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH LAID A WREATH TO HONOR THE VICTIMS killed THERE. AT ALL THE CEREMONIES THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME - NEVER FORGET.
AUTHORITIES SHUT DOWN SEVERAL GATES AT DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR WASHINGTON D-C FOR A FEW HOURS ON SATURDAY.... AS THEY INVESTIGATED A SUSPICIOUS CARGO CONTAINER.
BUT STATE POLICE LATER DETERMINED IT DID NOT POSE A DANGER.
HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... SEVERAL EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND... AS FOLKS PAUSE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AND REMEMBER 9-11.
AT 3 P-M... GEORGIA COLLEGE WILL HOLD ITS REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY....
IT WILL BE ON THE FRONT CAMPUS OF THE COLLEGE... AND FOCUS ON FOUR PEOPLE FROM GEORGIA WHO DIED IN THE ATTACKS.
THE COLLEGE SAYS THE CEREMONY IS EXPECTED TO LAST THIRTY TO FORTY-FIVE MINUTES.
AND MERCER UNIVERSITY WILL HOLD AN OBSERVANCE SUNDAY EVENING AT 8 P-M.
IT'S TITLED "REMBERING 9-11... A TIME OF HEALING AND HOPE..."
THE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD IN NEWTON CHAPEL.... AND CONCLUDE WITH A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL.
THE CITY OF MACON WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBERANCE....
STARTING AT ONE TOMORROW.... MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ASKED THAT ALL FIREHOUSES AND CHURCHES SOUND THEIR BELLS AND SIRENS FOR A FULL MINUTE....
BE PREPARED... TORNADO SIRENS IN BIBB COUNTY WILL SOUND TOO AT THE SAME TIME.
THAT'S NOT A SIGN OF SEVERE WEATHER... IT'S A PLANNED PART OF THE COMMEMORATION.
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THESE GIRLS ARE ENJOYING A WALK TOGETHER.
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