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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Savanna Puterbaugh was one of several hundred Glynn County residents who attended a town hall meeting at the old Brunswick City Hall Thursday night.

She lives just a few blocks from where 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot to death in his stroller in what authorities have described as an attempted robbery.

"I used to walk down that street all the time. I've lived here my entire life."

Streets she now no longer feels safe walking. The senseless crime has impacted so many in this community, and despite the arrests of a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, she's still on edge.

"People are still scared I think that this could still happen and they are angry that it happened and they want to know why it happened and what's going to be done about it."

Members of a Violent Crimes Task Force created four months ago listened to residents concerns and complaints and encouraged the public to partner with them.

Felicia Harris is a mother, a pastor and a lifelong resident of Glynn County. She agrees with what local law enforcement officials told the crowd. To change the culture of violence here, it has to be a community effort.

"If you live in this community everybody is a stakeholder in the community and once we get everybody on board with that mindset then that's when I think we can make a change in this community," Harris said.

Members of Violent Crimes Task Force say the open dialogue won't fall on deaf ears.  Since the task force was formed in December the Brunswick police chief says they have identified 15 known gangs in the area, as well as 120 gang members and gotten about 40 guns off the streets from AK-47s to shotguns.

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