As of Monday, September 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Albany Police Department gang Unit keeps its eyes on the funeral of reputed gang leader Dontavious Santez Luke at St. Mary Baptist Church in East Albany.
ALBANY — The funeral of a reputed gang leader drew hundreds of mourners and police in the southwest Georgia town of Albany.
Members of a police anti-gang unit and other officers stood watch as 24-year-old Dontavious Santez Luke was remembered during a service Saturday at a church in Albany.
The Albany Herald, the sister paper of the Gwinnett Daily Post, reports that Luke was reputed to be a leader of a gang called the Southside Bloods. Police reports says he was killed by members of a rival gang called the Rattlers on Aug. 26.
One man is charged with murder in the killing, and three others are being held.
A friend of the Luke family, Vondermere Upshaw, called the large funeral turnout a "humble and peaceful demonstration."