Decatur - A panel of ex gang members told their story at Hope Academy to try and stop the violence.
Male Involvement and the Springfield Urban League partnered with the South Side Improvement Association to host a panel. Ex gang members answered questions about gang violence, and why they sold drugs.
The recent shooting of 15-year-old Junisha Cummings sparked the event, but it aims to send a message to the entire community. Rev. Courtney Carson said its time for unity "we decided to come together in unity, in unity and in love to show the people of Decatur that we can unite together, eat, have fun, and have a real conversation"
State Representative Sue Scherer and other community members were in attendance.