MAD DADS anti-crime rally rescheduled

Rescheduled for March 24th

Community members gather to speak out against Jacksonville violence
Community members gather to speak out against Jacksonville violence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An anti-crime rally scheduled for Thursday evening has been rescheduled because of the weather.

The rally has been rescheduled for March 24th at 7 p.m.

The group is scheduled to meet near the Silver Fox strip club on West Beaver Street where a man was recently killed. However, members say the violence is a citywide problem and the whole community needs to be on board to make a difference.

Donald Foy, MAD DADS Jacksonville Chapter President, often leads his group on walks to spread the group's message.

Two weeks ago, a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Silver Fox strip club, just one of 24 murders this year in Jacksonville.

Foy told News4Jax, every murder takes another toll on him.

"I get angry when it's something like Aiden or like what happened in front of the six month old baby," said Foy.

The cases Foy referred to are the murder of 22-month-old Aiden McClendon and the murders of George Ashley, 26, and Brittany White, 21, in front of their baby daughter.

The gathering is meant to be vigil and a rally, sending a clear message to the community.

"I think the more the community comes together and these individuals see the community come together as a whole, it will be more apt to stop," said Foy, "our community deserves better than this."

The vigil will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. at 3210 West Beaver Street. The public is welcome to attend.

Anyone with information about any case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (866)845-TIPS.

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