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      Tuscaloosa organization taking action after weekend violence

      A Tuscaloosa organization is asking the Tuscaloosa community to take a pledge after an 18-year-old was killed outside a nightclub Sunday morning. Labarron Rice was fatally shot outside The Secret Club on 10th Avenue West.

      "I just want to know what can we do and what can I do?" asked Tuscaloosa resident Cassius Lanier. "It touched home to me because I'm a father."

      Lanier is part of a group called Community Unity that launched a campaign Tuesday called "Take 30." The movement urges anyone in the community to take 30 seconds to think before they react to a situation for 30 days.

      Lanier added: "30 seconds to think. 30 seconds to pray. 30 seconds to cease fire. And after this 30, we want 30 more until we make it a habit."

      The group will host events to spread the campaign. The first one is scheduled Wednesday evening. An open microphone night will be held at Archibald & Woodrow's Bar-B-Q on U.S. Highway 82. The evening also benefits Rice's family.

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