Coalition to march in troubled N. Charleston neighborhood

Crime scene investigators on Saratoga Road.
Crime scene investigators on Saratoga Road.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A coalition working to fight back against crime in North Charleston will march and drive this weekend through the Waylyn community, a neighborhood recently troubled by violence.

The group calling themselves "People United To Take Back Our Streets" will be in the neighborhood, off Dorchester Road between Interstate 26 and Interstate 526, this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The group will gather at the corner of Dorchester Road and Constitution Avenue around 4:30 p.m. They will distribute anti-violence flyers and will also talk to residents.

Last February, two murders occurred in and around the neighborhood within a 10-hour period.  Miguel Snipe, 22, was shot dead near Charlie-O's nightclub early Feb. 21.  Around noon that same day, they responded a home on Saratoga Road to find 19-year-old Rodriguez Henderson suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

A suspect, 23-year-old Terrance Lance, has been charged with murder in Henderson's death, but Snipe's shooter has not been identified.

The group held a news conference addressing the violence a week later.

"There's not a night that goes by without gunfire on these streets," said the coalition's co-leader Thomas Dixon. "It's time to stop and we're about fed up with it."

The voices of Dixon and Elder James Johnson called for a "cease fire" at the news conference.  "If we don't do it now it won't stop," said Johnson.

The coalition's main concern is finding out how illegal handguns are being funneled into the community.

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