Push for Peace: South Florida Residents Demanding End to Gun Violence

Northwest Miami-Dade community members are demanding an end to gun violence, saying "enough is enough."

More than 20 children have been gunned down in Miami over the last year, according to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Just this month, a six-year-old was caught in the crossfire and killed in a drive-by shooting.

Shouting for justice and pushing for peace Thursday, the group isn't waiting for another tragedy to get their message across that something needs to be done to stop the violence.

"Our kids can't play outside anymore. Every day a child is dying. Something has to give, and we're outraged now," said Amber Hayward, elementary teacher.

Many in the crowd were family members of King Carter, 6, who was shot to death outside his apartment complex last month as two gunmen feuded.

The crowd chose to rally on the corner along Northwest 62nd Street and 24th Avenue where they said a man in his 30s was gunned down Wednesday afternoon. Miami-Dade Police need leads in that case.

"I got the call that he was on a dirt bike and someone shot him down off the dirt bike. It's like, we're not even animals. I don't know what's going on out here. We have to get it together," said Tawana Akins, Carter's aunt.

Although the suspects accused of killing Carter are in jail, his family was at the rally in Liberty City to support moms and dads of those whose killers haven't been caught.

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