Dozens March For End To Violence
18 People Shot In Past Week In Jacksonville
Less than one week since a deadly shooting sent 11 people to the hospital, people are demanding the violence stop.
The group Hurting Families With Children In Crime launched a march through the Brooklyn neighborhood near downtown. It's the scene of Sunday's block party shooting where the gunmen are still on the loose.
For 3 hours neighbors and activists walked with signs asking for justice and praying for a safer community.
"I know how it feels to lose somebody and watch somebody suffer just for no reason," said Tiambar Hollis, who helped organize the walk to help families of other victims. Her daughter Tiphne was shot and killed in March 2010.
"We want justice, we need justice," shouted the crowd as they marched around the neighborhood in the heat, holding signs, and hoping that someone who knows something will say something.
Lisa Burney's pregnant niece was one of 11 shot at Sunday's block party. The baby didn't make it.
"We need people to come out and talk until it touches their family or their lives," said Burney. "They don't know how it feels."
"Now that Shantae's been discharged (from the hospital), there's a baby funeral that has to be planned for you know, and it's not fair to her," said Burney. "These were innocent people, they didn't ask to be shot. They were just out here having a good time. It was an innocent party with innocent people."
Like the families of other victims on the walk, they still don't know who's responsible.
"It hurts, it hurts really bad like no other feeling, it really hurts, and just to know that somebody out there knows something, it hurts even more," said Hollis.
Marchers shouted and kept shouting up and down the blocks to make sure their voices were heard. And they prayed they'd get through to some of these neighbors?so they don't have to go through the pain they're feeling?pain that never goes away.
"Innocent people got hurt and everybody needs to know that the crimes and the violence, it just needs to stop," said Hollis.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477) or the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.
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