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Teens walk in hopes of stopping violence

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point youth are saying "NO" to violence and instead, spreading love. For the third year, students and community members walked the streets of Moss Point to take a stand against local violence.

The walk was started in memory of a Hattiesburg man who was murdered by Moss Point teens in October of 2008. Michael David Porter was shot to death at a Moss Point gas station when he stopped to ask for directions to their grandsons football game.

Three teens were tried and convicted of Porter's murder. For the Porter's family, the annual walk is a symbol of hope.

"It is somewhat comforting to know that youth in return is interested enough to just try or make an attempt to change," widower Linda Porter said.

The walk also raises money to go to a non-violence charity. This year, $500 dollars was given to Trinity Outreach.

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