Albany gathering honors most recent homicide victim, Kahlil Barnes


"And we declare, we will not die, God, we will do your will and we will save your children."

A gathering - of peace, and prayer.

Elected officials, and City of Albany residents, speaking out to cause change.

"There's been a lot of violence in our city within the last couple weeks, one being my son, Kahlil Barnes,” said Barnes’ mother, Fatima Rucker.

Kahlil Barnes was the latest victim in a rash of violent shootings in Albany. Police confirmed Sunday that Barnes, 31, was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

"I think I'm still numb...I don't know."

His mother, father, and cousin say Barnes was the life of the party - that he turned his life around for the best.

"He didn't have problems with anyone, he had love for everyone, and everyone loved him."

Kahlil leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter. His family says Sunday night's gathering was meant to bring awareness.

"I just want the community to remember that, don't think it's an uptown, it's a downtown, it's a beef, it's a this..."

And to unite everyone in the city - residents, officials, and police - to end the violence causing so much grief.

Barnes’ cousin, Jerell Chandler, said, "it's important to come together verbally, but it's more important that we put it into action..."

Again - police are still looking for the suspect in this homicide - and they're asking for your help. Anyone with information is asked to submit an anonymous tip through

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