Stop the Violence Rally in Remembrance of Centennial Hill Bar Victims


By Ellis Eskew

The new year brought grieving families together for a concert and rally Wednesday night in hopes of helping to ease the violence in 2014.

It was a night of music...prayer...and even laughter at Morgan Avenue Baptist Church.

Friends and family of the victims gathered for what they call the "I am Doe B. And Kim" movement to help bring about a positive change in Montgomery.

Friend of rapper Doe B., Brandon Burnham says, "really want everyone to learn from it and come together. Instead of saying "Stop the Violence" I'd rather say something more uplifting and say "Start the Peace." I'd rather brand that from here on out."

While there is overwhelming grief for the two young lives lost, there is also a message the group wants to send to the youth in the community that violence is not the answer.

 "The youth have come and now the city will start seeing a different change. I don't think that New Year's Eve 2014 you will hear of 50 homicides just off this one. I think that was the change that happened," said comedian and host De'Anthony Turner.

Doe B. (aka Glenn Thomas) and Kimberle Johnson were shot and killed at Centennial Bar and Grill Saturday. Their funerals will be Saturday, Jan. 4th.


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