Bland's Mother: 'When Is It Going to Stop?'

6:56 AM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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Family and friends held a vigil at the Zodiac nightclub where 17-year old Jammoni Bland was shot and killed late Friday.

Dozens gathered to remember Bland, but the main message was pleading for an end to the violence.

"When is it going to stop," asked Jackie Stevens, Bland's mother. "How many young children have to die?"

Many at the vigil said they believe gang violence is an issue in Macon.  The suspects in Bland's killing have been charged with gang related crimes.

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While people at vigil hoped for an end to the violence, some say they're skeptical.

"It really won't change if they keep having the same mentality to go out and kill over a color or over a side of town," says Laquita Mack, one of Bland's friends.

Mourners ended the vigil by releasing blue balloons into the air in Bland's memory.

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