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Mother teams up with community to 'Stop the Violence'

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Sunday the mother of one of the Alabama-Tennessee mass murder victims was calling for an end to the growing violence in Huntsville.

She banded together with others in the community for a new "Stop the Violence" campaign.

This campaign seems to be spreading across the city. For the third weekend in a row, people gathered to put a stop to all the violence.

The rally Sunday at the Richard Showers Center, was followed by a march through north Huntsville that marked the largest of the events.

Many concerned Huntsville residents, who are tired of all the bloodshed, came out and showed their support.

There have been 22 homicides this year in the Rocket City, and too many shootings and stabbings to count.

Rally organizer Travis Acklin said, "It's not the time for us to sit back and say hey, it's ok, we are not like other cities. But it's time for us to act as a community to say stop the violence."

About a month ago, Acklin started a movement called "Beyond the Walls" in the wake of all the violence.

Acklin added,"I felt there was a cause, there was a need for us to hit the streets, for us to go out and promote love over hate."

For Patricia Strickland, the purpose of this rally hit close to home. Her daughter Amber McCaulley was killed in a home on the Huntsville Highway in Lincoln County last October.

Strickland said, "My heart mourns every time I hear of it happening, because my heart goes automatically to the family because I know what they are going through. I am just glad we have started doing something about it. It's not going to happen overnight but if we stay consistent and keep on pushing, I feel that something is going to happen in Huntsville for the better."

McCaulley is one of six victims in the Alabama-Tennessee mass murders.

Strickland hopes the community banding together will spark a change.

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