October 18 twenty-six year old Elon Green was shot and killed at a mobile home park just outside the Claxton city limits. Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins said drugs and alcohol were present at the gathering. Levi Kennedy, Jr., of Claxton was charged with murder.
Police are still looking for the person who shot and killed 30 year old Bryan Mobley inside a house on Oak Street in Claxton December 2.
Thursday night around 60 people attended a meeting at the First African Missionary Baptist Church in Claxton to denounce the violence that lead up to the fatal shootings. The meeting was organized by Eddie Ball, associate pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Claxton. The meeting was to discuss the growing problem of gun violence both locally and nationally.
Georgia NAACP President Dr. Francys Johnson, a Statesboro pastor and lawyer, told the gathering outrage must be directed at gun violence. He said the leading cause of death among black teens aged 15 to 19 is homicide by a gun. White teens in the same age group are more likely to die from automobile accidents. He said gun violence plagues all communities and is not a black or white issue.
Claxton Police Chief Edward Oglesbee, who is an ordained minister himself, said Christian teachings are important to curbing the violence.
Others suggested after-school, summer programs and other educational opportunities could help with the problem.
Neighborhood watches and a march against violence at being planned.