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Stop the Violence Rally

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A small group of community members came together to stop the violence. The Marshall family, lost a son and a brother. Robert Jr., was murdered in March, now, the Marshalls are trying to make the streets safe for their grandchildren. "My baby boy is gone, and I'll never be able to have a grandson from him. Something that I can hold and cherish, and say that was his. That luxury, I'll never have." To his father, 23-year-old Robert Marshall Jr. was still a child. Part of the mission of the stop the violence rally is to prevent other young lives from being cut short too early. "We are in love, we love our children. I'm grieving along with every family. I've run out of words to say, catchy phrases, long speeches. And now we just want to bring about a change. we've got to stop the violence in our community." "We have loved ones who died from getting shot, stabbed, or from gang violence, and gangs and all that, we just need to stop all that." The bishop, and the victims families were disappointed with the community turnout, they expected almost one-thousand people to attend the rally, instead, about fifty people showed up. "There is an apathy that must be destroyed, if we don't care about our community enough to change it. I am very disappointed. we are going to go back in, talk to as many organizations and churches as we can. We are going to try this again. there will be more than 1000 people in robert strange park crying stop the violence." But of those 50 people, almost all had lost a loved one or friend to violence. At the end of the ceremony, some victim's families, including the marshalls, released balloons into the sky, sending a message across the city...each balloon signifying a life lost.

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Stop the violence

Thank you WWAY for being there and covering this. The community needs to be behind efforts such as these.

Friend of Rob Marshall

I am very interested in attending the next rally to stop the violence. I was a good friend of Rob through work and school, and I was very distraught from his death. I want to help to do whatever I can to keep this from happening again. And I know many other friends of Rob that are very interested in helping. If you could just get the message out about the next meeting so that we all know the date, we will all be there to join in stop the violence in Robs memory.