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Concerned citizens rally to 'Stop the Violence' in Huntsville

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In an effort to promote safety and peace, the crowd rallied to deliver their message Friday. In an effort to promote safety and peace, the crowd rallied to deliver their message Friday.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The city of Huntsville has had six homicides so far this year. Some residents are saying that's six too many. In an effort to promote safety and peace, they rallied to deliver a message.

The small crowd of concerned citizens stood in the cold for hours Friday afternoon to have their message seen and heard along Meridian Street in Huntsville. Organizer, Bridgette Taylor said something needs to be done to curb the crime and even the small gestures help.

"We are just trying to get together to let our kids know that we are being vigilant about the violence in our community," she said. 

The sixth homicide for the city of Huntsville happened on February 3rd. Demarco Moore, 23 was shot and killed.  Huntsville police are still investigating his murder. His death adds to the tragedies that Taylor said are avoidable. 

"There are other ways to get your point across aside from taking someone's life," she said. "You have to value life."

Lajers Wheeler attended the rally. He said movements like this matter if it can help save someone's life.

"It's sad and then they are so young," he said.  "That's the part that stuck with me and made me want to be more involved, because the victims are so young."

Taylor thinks HPD is doing a good job to keep crime down, but it's a job they can't do alone.

"It takes members of the community like me and others to help them out with that because when it comes down to it we are the parents crying and burying our children," she said. 

Taylor said doesn't want people to forget about the lives we've lost to violence and she hopes these rallies serve as a reminder. She plans to have them every month and she wants the crowd to be bigger each time.

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