February 28, 2017

Folks in Savannah staged a "die-in, lay-in" Saturday morning in Forsyth Park to protest all the recent violence in the city. 


The idea was to represent the 60 people killed in Savannah in 2016 by laying down in the grass to simulate death. There was also praise, singing and worship after the protest.


A "die-in" is a tactic that has been used by a variety of protest groups, but Saturday's die-in was a combination of local organizations in the city that are aimed at stopping violence in Savannah.


Several dozen people laid in Forsyth Park simulating they were dead. The participants prayed over those lost and the families of those affected as they recited the names of victims killed in 2015.


Organizer Linda Wilder-Bryan held the event in response to the loss of her own child, Lawrence Bryan, who was killed in a shooting last year. It was also a way to open dialogue about the issues plaguing the communities and a hope for change in 2016.


"The other thing is for justice," Bryan said. "We still want people to talk, to tell things because they know. The police cannot be everywhere, so we have people in the community who care who say 'I saw this' or 'there have been illegal activities over there.' That is the buy-in today."


So far, Savannah has had two homicides in just the first nine days of 2016. At the same time in 2015, there had only been one. The joint effort of these organizations also prompted the development of cold case unit within the police department to make sure no victim goes without justice.

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