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Anti Violence Rally Held In Marshall

With two more shooting incidents in the Marshall area in the past two weeks, a group is trying to get their message of stopping violent crimes.   With inspirational music, food and fellowship, neighbors in Marshall gathered for the second year to send a message of peace for their area, in a rally called stop the violence.

"It's going to take event like this to bring the children to let them see good leadership to see things that are positive that are positive," said Marshall city commissioner Katie Jones.

In the very park where they gathered,  two separate shootings have claimed lives over the past two years, and just days ago another shooting at an area apartment building.  And they say it has to stop, and people to get involved.

"I don't want a neighborhood crime watch.  I want a city-wide crime watch.  We want people to be nosy.  We want people to report suspicious activity regardless of who it is," said event organizer Demetria Macfarland.

The moving force behind the effort is Macfarland, whose brother was gunned down in a 2004 shooting.   "We're showing the young children, the young teens, the young adults that there's an alternative to gangster rap, the violence and this is something that's positive," she says.

They want what we all want, safe streets , and safe parks for their children to play in.  "We're asking people to take a stand now to prevent somebody from having to go through the same thing that we went through," says Macfarland.

They hope this effort makes a difference, and makes their neighborhood safe.  Organizers plan on holding numerous other anti-violence rallies throughout the year in Marshall.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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