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Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is traveling overseas on a city trip, has sent a statement to WRBL News 3 about Columbus' recent violent crimes.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to recent violent crimes in the Columbus area despite being overseas.

"In the past 8 months we have tragically lost 18 beautiful lives to violence in Columbus -- 9 related to domestic violence and the rest equally split between drugs and party houses, liquor and guns," Tomlinson said in an e-mail to WRBL News 3 while on city trip to Denmark. "Enough! We are calling on our community to lay down their weapons, love and respect one another, and value their own lives."

The mayor is inviting city leaders and residents to gather at the Columbus Civic Center on Sunday August 31 at 1:30p et for the "Stop the Violence Memorial."

"We will pray for those lost, as well as those that commit violent acts, and we will pray for peace," Tomlinson said. "Please bring your church leadership and your congregation, whether located in Columbus or Phenix City. Let's send a message that we will lose no more precious lives."

Just this weekend, one man was killed in a night club shooting while another man was injured in a shooting along Garden Drive. On Saturday, the mother of a Columbus teenager shot and killed talked with WRBL News 3 about her campaign to stop violence. On Sunday, mourners gathered to remember a mother and young child, whose deaths were ruled a homicide after their remains were found after a Columbus house fire.

Last week, WRBL News 3 obtained surveillance video showing a deadly shooting at the Big Cat gas station on July 31. This shooting started a string of shootings that killed three people and injured three others in the eight days that followed. One of those killed, 20-year-old Robert "Marael" Brooks, was remembered during a candlelight vigil on August 14.

“We have to come together as a community and we gotta stop the violence," Monica Allen of the New Territory Outreach Ministries told WRBL News 3 at the vigil.” We gotta try to take control of our kids, and try to teach them better and show them a better way."

Mayor Tomlinson is expected to return to Columbus Friday.

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