Local woman becomes community activist after child killed by gun violence

Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Community activist Faye Alexander's own child was murdered in Macon over 20 years years ago, and has since made it her life's mission to stop the cycle of violence.

Alexander, who is part of the "What if it Was Your Child" program and even gave the group its name, said that at first she felt like she couldn't carry on after losing one of her children to gun violence.

"It was my child, it was my child, and my son was killed in 1994 and the community did not reach out to us. Like we're reaching out to families, I lived in Atlanta and my son came down here to visit my mom and to hear that my son got killed, just being robbed, and you just killed my child. So I know what it's like to be that mother. I know what it's like," she said.

Since then, Alexander said she's been able to take that loss and turn it around into positive community activism through her faith in God. Now, she reaches out to other families going through similar experiences and wants them to know that they're not alone.

Recently, Macon-Bibb commissioners passed a resolution to endorse "What if it Was Your Child", which connects individuals with a chance to get an education through a partnership with Central Georgia Technical College.

Alexander believes that employers can help end the cycle of violence by giving people a second chance and hiring those with criminal backgrounds. She said that much of the violence comes down to people not having access to employment because of their history, and wants to see local government take more action to combat the violence.

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