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4/8/2013 9:29:00 PM
"Put Down The Guns Young People" marches through Greenwood
Organization pleads with city to stop gun violence
Jack Logan (left) leads the
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Jack Logan (left) leads the "Stop the Violence" march through Greenwood Monday afternoon.
Participants of the
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Participants of the "Stop the Violence" march walk through Greenwood Monday afternoon.

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer


When Greenville, South Carolina native Jack Logan founded the “Put Down The Guns Young People” organization in November of 2010, Logan explained that he had a desire to make a positive impact on this generation’s youth. Logan’s foundation marched through Greenwood Monday afternoon, starting at Magnolia Park and ending on Tabort Street, where 15 year old Columbia native Malik Birshon Padgett was shot and killed late Saturday night.

“We travel the entire state of South Carolina, reaching out to young people,” Logan said. “We are trying to prevent an innocent person from becoming a victim of gun violence. I don’t want to see mothers have to look down at their son in a casket.”

Derrick Quarles is the cousin of Padgett and an active participant within the organization.

“I have always been very passionate about this issue,” Quarles said. “With my cousin being killed, it hits home even more now because I can relate to those who have lost loved ones. Gun violence is senseless and needs to stop.”

As Logan hopes to make a positive impact on communities statewide, using his organization, the Greenville native explained that he is hoping to assist in seeing young people “become what they were made to be.”

“I want to see young people grow up and get a high school diploma and a college education, becoming prominent citizens in the community that God called us to be,” Logan said. “I’m a strong believer of the Bible when it says ‘Thou shall not kill.’ Young people were not created to carry guns around and take other people’s lives. I want to see today’s young people, every young boy and girl, to grow up to be what God created them to be.”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Riggins

It's good to see someone stepping forward to be a role model for young people. It's obvious that the Greenwood youth need some guidance. I agree with Mack that parents need to be more aware of what their kids are doing and try to keep them on the right track.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: mack bolan

From what I have been reading NONE of the ones arrested for gun violence have been old enough to buy or have a handgun by law, so maybe parents should be searching their children's rooms (18 they probably still live at home) finding these guns & turning them in to law enforcement. If the parents or citizens in these communities who know who these people are in these gangs, selling drugs, stealing, etc....do not turn them in how will it begin to get better? Law enforcement usually comes after the event has happened

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Kevin Prater

Very worthy and much needed cause, Unfortuantly, we lose to many young lives before we take the steps necessary to wake people up.
I truly believe that if you put Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and give our kids a country they can believe in, some of this non-sense will stop.


Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis Murray

Special thanks to Black Clovers Automotive Club for participating in the march to show respect to the family who lost their loved one and in support of a lost of their own.



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