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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:54 pm

Sharpton visit delayed

Frank GrayThe Journal Gazette

A visit to Fort Wayne by the Rev. Al Sharpton, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until Sept. 21.

The Rev. Carlton Lynch, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Fort Wayne, said at a news conference Tuesday that Sharpton's planned visit to speak at Come As You Are Community Church was delayed because Sharpton's godmother died.

Sharpton will broadcast his radio show from Fort Wayne on Sept. 21 and will speak at Come As You Are, 7910 S. Anthony Blvd., at 7 p.m. that day.

Lynch said he has no concerns about the effect of Sharpton's visit but has been getting calls from people concerned that it might spark protests or riots. He said he is working with the police.

Lynch also spoke about the three homicides that happened over the weekend. He said there has to be cooperation from young people. "Have there been problems between groups? They've got to give something to police."

He said that seven hours before the first shooting, in which 17-year-old Alonna Allison was killed, there was talk on social media that something was going to happen, so people knew.

"Violence is going on," Lynch said. "It's the right time to come together, pull the city together. Sometimes it takes different groups, for young people to come along and make a difference."

fgray@jg.net