PORTLAND A forum was held Wednesday night to discuss growing gang violence in the Portland area and to give community members a chance to speak out.

Friends and family of a young man who was gunned down just last week in a gang incident spoke at the meeting. Andre Payton was shot and killed in the Old Town area. His family has urged anyone wanting revenge to stand down.

A retaliation is going to put somebody else in the same situation my brother is in... We don't need that, a sibling said during the forum.

Community members said they have been concerned that a feud between gangs has led to the increased violence in Portland.

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