Recent youth violence topic at Stop the Violence rally Saturday

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- Violence destroying our youth. It's enough to make some members of our community step up and do something.

Last month's murder of South Brunswick High School student Marcus Hankins was the last straw. That's why Brunswick County residents Mike Forte and Raymond Bates, the founder of the NOTTT Foundation, which mentors at-risk youth, are holding a Stop the Violence rally this weekend.

The rally is about getting the message out to teens that they have to take life seriously.

"Kids seem to think it's a video game or something; that they can just hit replay, that they can start over," Forte said. "This is permanent. This young man lost his life, as has a number of others in the last month. So we wanted to put something together and try to reach out to our youth and say it's gotta stop."

The rally is Saturday at Caviness Park in Southport. It features music, food, drinks and guest speakers. It runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information on the NOTTT Foundation visit http://thenotttfoundation.org.

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And may I add all the food, drinks and entertainment is FREE!! Please come out and support us as we try to appeal to out community to pull together and Stop the Violence.