SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A young Savannah man stood up against violence in a YouTube video to tell the community to put their guns down.
The artist, Antonio Still or "Fresh Fire," poses as 15-year-old George Akins Jr., the Windsor Forest High School student shot in a McDonald's last month. Akins Jr. died on the scene and his alleged shooter was also a teenager. Still says he sees the pain and does not want the innocent lives lost to gun violence to ever be in vain.
"The message is put the guns down. The message is no more killing, no more violence. Let's stop the senseless. We don't even fight anymore, we just shoot each other," says Still.
Still says what matters is what's at home. "We go to the street and we go looking for love...." he adds.
He says that search brings many young men to gangs, drugs, and guns. He also says he's here today because of his mother. "That's how she raised me. She raised me to love and she raised me to do the right things, and it kept me out of trouble and it kept me alive."
Gary Glemboski was a police officer and served on the SWAT team for decades. He now trains people in self-defense through martial arts. Glemboski says there's never a winner in a brawl. Someone always gets hurt.
"The best thing to do is just avoid it and any fight that you avoid is one that you've won," said Glemboski.
For Akins Jr., he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his killer was a gunman no one saw coming. In Still's video, he speaks for Akins Jr. to his shooter and says, "Jeffrey Burton, I forgive you."
"At the end of the day he's still a soul that needs to be saved," Still said.
Still says this video is just the beginning for him. He has an endless list of social problems he plans to bring to the surface as an artist.
Watch Still's full video below.