BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The past eight days have been like nothing Brunswick, Georgia has ever experienced before.
It started when 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot and killed last week, while his mother pushed him down the street in his stroller.
The next day, 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins and 14-year-old Dominck Lang were arrested for murder.
Then, Elkin's mother, aunt and sister were charged with covering up the crime by lying to police and disposing of evidence.
Now, City Commissioner James Brooks is accused of interfering with the investigation.
They are black eyes on the community that have neighbors emotions running high.
"It's just shameful," says Sara Green, a seventh generation native who's hurt and embarassed. "It's another mark on our city that we don't need. My ancestors who founded the community would never have wanted it to turn out like this."
But just days after Antonio Santiago was killed blocks away, neighbors in south Brunwick are turning tears and fear into laughter and strength. They organized a block party Friday in an effort to show area kids, many of who are on a risky path, that there are adults who care. It's something, they believe, De'Marquis Elkins and Dominick Lang never realized.
"It's generational," says Green, who knows people who have worked with the Elkin's family in the past. "We can't expect him to turn out any differently than he's turned out given the life that he's had up to this point."
Mayor Bryan Thompson admits the events of the past week have been horrific and tragic, but insits this community is not falling apart.
"There are reverberations and ramifications that we're feeling today, and we'll feel them in the weeks and months ahead, but in terms of knocking this community off it's feet or destabilizing local government? No, that's not the case."
Despite the cloud hanging over the city now, Green also says she's not turning her back those involved, who are forever part of this city's history.
"It's a hard thing to forgive something like this, but we'll never move past it if we can't."