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Pastor mourns only son killed in East Side gun battle and calls for an end to gun violence

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio pastor who fought for years against gang and gun violence in his East Side church lost his only son to gun violence last week. The community gathered around him to give him strength and help him continue his mission to end violent deaths.

Deliverance Community Church pastor Darrell Boyce has ministered to many injured families affected by gang and gun violence in the East Side over the years. On Thursday, his own family fell victim to the same fate.

On Monday, the community gathered just blocks away from the fatal shooting of Avante Boyce, 19, to pray and release balloons in his honor.

“It’s about time we come together and be one and really stop what’s going on. We need to teach our young men and women that it’s not worth it,” said Darrell Boyce.

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Avante Boyce was shot multiple times. He left two children. San Antonio police have not announced an arrest.

Darrell Boyce urged the community to heal and stop the killings.

“It hurts me to be his father and not be able to save his life. But our goal today is to save a life. It might not be my son, but it might be your son and daughters,” Darrell Boyce said.

Bennie Price with Big Mama’s Safe House says he spoke to Avante Boyce the day before about his planned goals and dreams.

“You should have seen the smile on his face. You should have seen his enthusiasm for his plans,” Price said.

Price said he will work toward weekly community meetings to create a coalition against gun violence to end or slow the violence. He hopes that neighbors who get to know each other will bring unity to the community.

“The community is scared, scared of the youth because they’re so wild and crazy,” Price said.

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His tentative plan is to hold a meeting this Friday. We’ll update this article once the location and times are finalized.

REFER TO KSAT.COM

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