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Myrtle Beach community leaders hold meeting in light of recent violence

Members of the community came out to discuss recent violence in the Myrtle Beach area. (Source: WMBF News) Members of the community came out to discuss recent violence in the Myrtle Beach area. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Residents of a Myrtle Beach community seemed desperate to find a solution to the recent violence that has plagued it.

A meeting was held at the Mary C. Canty Recreations Center, located at 901 Canal St., in Myrtle Beach, which is just a few blocks from the scene of a double murder Saturday night. 

Many people in attendance said they knew the victims, Dameion Alston and Macquis Burgess, as well as the man arrested and charged with their murder, Calvin Ford. The effects of that violence, they added, is felt in every home.

"The man that was killed was my nephew." said one man in the audience. "As the eldest in our community, we're supposed to know the way to go."

The meeting was already scheduled before the most recent shooting, but organizers said now that it has happened, it is all the more reason to come together.

Monday's meeting was an open discussion, and anyone wishing to speak was given the floor. The main focus revolved around how to connect with the youth and get them off of the streets.

One woman gave her opinion, representing the younger generation. She said there must not simply be talk about keeping youth off the streets; there must also be places for them to go.

Several community leaders came to the meeting, including Horry County Democratic Party Chairman Bennie Swans and Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pederson. They said the point of the meeting is to form a coalition that can make real changes going forward.

"We've got to encourage them, we've got to find resources for them. We've got to identify them and retrieve them and deliver them. Those are things that we can do. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it. But it does take a collective community." said Swans.

Organizers said Monday's meeting tonight was just one of several that have or will take place throughout Horry County. Each will focus on the individual problems in those communities.

Related story:

Myrtle Beach police charge man in connection with double murder

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