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South Florida Group Demands More Vigorous Investigations of Murders at Rally

Parents in one South Florida community say "enough is enough." They gathered Thursday to rally against what they believe is a fault in the justice system that costs lives.

It was a protest fueled by pain and anguish. Mothers whose sons and daughters have been murdered, joined by supporters, all demanding more from law enforcement.

"We need them to enforce the three-strikes law. If I didn't know any better, I would think it was a setup in our community to send these violent offenders back out into our community to continue killing our kids," said Tangela Sears, protest organizer.

"Our future is being lost. Young lives matter," said Neikole Hunt, whose son was murdered.

Hunt's son, Randall Robinson, was one of the Northwestern High students shot dead during this school year.

"No parent should ever have to bury their child," said Arlene Byrd, whose son was also murdered.

The group directed their ire at State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle, at one point even shouting at the door. But some, including rap icon Luther Campbell, focused on the pervasive no-snitch mentality.

"You need to call the police. You need to tell them. It's the only way you're gonna take back your community, your neighborhood, and if you don't do it, what are you doing? You're part of the crime, too," Campbell said.

"They are getting AK-47s and shooting people. A young man was shot, 36 rounds at 1 p.m. with children and adults around him and not a damn thing said about who was the killer. That's a problem in our community," said Dr. Robert Malone. "The state attorney can't solve this. The police can't solve this. We have to solve it."

The state attorney's spokesperson said Kathy Fernandez Rundle was not in the building during the rally.

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