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Worshipers pray for capture of Fort Valley rapist

People in Fort Valley united Thursday evening for a special worship service in the wake of recent crimes.

Over the past month, we've reported about the various rapes and attempted rapes in the city.

So far three women reported they've been raped. Four more said they struggled with a man that tried to rape them.

The pews at Greater Cathedral of Praise were full of students and members of the community who said they're turning to their faith in hopes of bringing justice and peace.

"God has not left Fort Valley. We're here. We're staying and we're taking the proper action. It's just about taking back our city and letting the criminals and people who have just been hurting God's people know that we're not afraid, we're not alone," said Fort Valley State student Tamarah Richardson.

Senior Pastor Timothy Deas says despite the crime, they're not hiding in fear.

"This is definitely devastating for the Fort Valley community. Something almost like a serial Rapist. It raises awareness. It raises the need for us to come together with one accord," said Deas.

Members of the Black Men Initiative, a student organization at Fort Valley, attended the service.

The group says they've been escorting female students to and from campus on late nights.

"If we see a female walking during a certain time of the day, we're asking hey do you need a ride to this place or that place" said Vice President Eugene McFadden.

He says despite the tragedy, the community now has a stronger bond.

There is a $2,500 reward for information that will help catch the rapist.


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