Flint mother hosts community meetings, hopes to end senseless violence

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/13/18) - A Flint mother has been trying to create a change to end violence.

"Really what this is, is just community standing together. You know, everyone has to work together to address the issue of violence in the community," said Kenyetta Dotson of Flint.

Dotson hosts meetings each month hoping to put an end to what she says is a deep-rooted level of violence prolonged by many unmet needs.

The group spends a couple of hours brainstorming, strategizing and trying to come up with ways to collaborate and make an impact.

She's been doing this for several years, always thinking of the young lives taken too soon by senseless violence.

Most recently a 10-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Next, Dotson wants to create a scholarship fund in his name and in the name of other victims.

"So these families, as they're healing, they're also being a part of the solution. So that's the family of Virgil Alexander, his mom is April. Donnesha Williams. His mom is Maria. Now Jaqueis and also Ken Dickerson Jr. so there's about four different families that we're working with and we talked to those families and we're establishing scholarship funds in schools where those kids went to," Dotson said.

They meet every second Saturday of the month at the Church Without Walls on Dupont in Flint.

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