BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- On Friday, some Brunswick locals put together to a last minute block party to help the community heal after the fatal shooting of 13-month old Antonio Santiago.
They wanted to show what they call the "real Brunswick."
On Friday night, Hanover Square was rocking with music and happy faces after locals volunteering their time and services put on a block party.
"It's life and people need to see that life comes with ups and downs and this is uplifting," said local Takiyah Haywood.
It's a picnic with a purpose as dozens of people come out to show their support for the Brunswick community.
For two hours Friday, neighbors who live just steps away from the scene of the shooting focused on the healing power of laughter, good food and good fun.
"It's been going through my mind and I've been wondering what my purpose was and i figured it out -- it's to be a light in the middle of all this bad stuff going on," said Rachel Fitzpatrick, who planned the block party.
Fitzpatrick didn't start planning this event until Monday. But after she posted the details of the block party on a community Facebook page, dozens of people offered to help and all the food, music and games were free.
"That's right, you got a lot of white got a lot of black out here. Pride. When I come out here I see a lot of pride."
Pride in the community and pride in the people who call Brunswick home.
A big focus of Friday's block party was the kids, as parents said that last week was an eye opener and that they need to ask them questions and find out who and what they're doing when parents aren't looking.
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