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Group Aims to End Gun Violence in Liberty City Neighborhood of Miami

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    Calls For End of Violence in Liberty City Neighborhood

    NBC 6's Arlene Borenstein spoke with several members of the community who are working to end the pattern of crime and gun violence.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Members of the Liberty City neighborhood is calling for change to an area that has been plagued with crime and gun violence.

    • In the past weeks, members from Walking One Stop have been taking to the streets marching and speaking out for peace.

    Members of the Liberty City neighborhood is calling for change to an area that has been plagued with crime and gun violence.

    In the past weeks, members from Walking One Stop have been taking to the streets marching and speaking out for peace. Now, a group of volunteers is out here going door to door to help them.

    “Every single day, we have shootings in places like Liberty City and fatalities on a weekly basis that’s been going on for years,” said Wayne Rawlings from Walking One Stop.

    “You have young people that are involved in the drug trade when one person gets shot, another person is ready to come in and take their position,” Rawlings said “Then, there’s the issue of retaliation.”

    Recent shootings have shaken the community to the core - like the death of 4-year-old Nyla Jones, who was shot on Easter Sunday. Within two weeks of that tragedy, four teens were shot and two of them died – including Kimson Green, who attended Northwestern High School and was a month away from being nominated into the National Honor Society.

    Local, state and federal organizations came out Monday, offering services that include help in finding jobs, providing childcare and counseling for those frequently impacted by gun violence.

    Volunteers say every door they knock on is an opportunity to heal the pain and offer hope in a community tired of hearing gunshots and learning their loved ones are gone, even the ones who should have had a fighting chance.

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