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Third annual Pants Up, Guns Down rally takes place at Berston Field House

The Flint native said with the number of shootings these past few weeks, unity is needed now more than ever.
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:24 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (8/6/2020) - It's an event Theron Young has put on for the past two years during the summer, the Pants Up, Guns Down Stop the Violence rally.

The Flint native said with the number of shootings these past few weeks, unity is needed now more than ever.

It was held at the Berston Field House, off Saginaw and Dewey Streets in Flint.

The Flint community came together to encourage each other to put their weapons down and solve disputes another way.

Young said he wanted to make sure the younger generation understands when you kill someone, they're not coming back.

For Thursday’s rally, he’s invited people who spent time in prison and have turned their lives arrive to speak to the crowd.

He said he chose to hold it after the Primary Election for a reason -- not wanting to distract from the message.

Young actually moved away from Flint when he was younger; but he said, he decided to come back three years ago after he lost two of his nephews just 60 days apart to gun violence.

He said his late father came to him in a dream, encouraging him to be the change. “And I ain’t gave up. Yeah, it’s worth it if takes my life to save two lives, then I’m ready to go,” Young said. “I’m just telling you it needs to stop. And we as a City, not just the community, as the whole City, need to get involved. Know where your kids at, know what your kids are doing.”

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