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Reports from student journalists at Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High schools in St. Petersburg

A march against gun violence

Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks to a crowd of people at a march against gun violence on Dec. 11, 2015. The march started at the Police headquarters building and ended at the “Love Your Neighborhood” mural at 22nd Street and First Avenue S. Kriseman talked about getting guns off the street and preventing future crimes from happening in our community.

Tony Rengifo | SNN

Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks to a crowd of people at a march against gun violence on Dec. 11, 2015. The march started at the Police headquarters building and ended at the “Love Your Neighborhood” mural at 22nd Street and First Avenue S. Kriseman talked about getting guns off the street and preventing future crimes from happening in our community.

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A crowd of about 100 people walked about a mile from the St. Petersburg Police Department on First Avenue N on Dec. 18, 2015, to the "Love Your Neighborhood" mural at 22nd Street and First Avenue S.
Recent murders of young male teenagers in St. Petersburg had led Mayor Rick Kriseman to call for the march against gun violence.

Six young men between 16-25 years old had been murdered in a span of six weeks in the city of St. Petersburg. A seventh murder occurred over the holiday break. Jaquez Eugene Jackson, 17, was shot on Dec. 26 and died the following day in the hospital, which made it seven murders in seven weeks.

Leaders of the community and police joined Kriseman in the walk.

"I'm impressed by the amount of support we are getting," resident Tammye Moore said.

Moore said she goes to a lot of events where "there's always the same people. But today is different. Today is better."

"To say it's unfortunate would be an understatement," Moore said on the recent deaths of the young males. "We need change and improvement."

Kriseman spoke to the crowd about gun control.

"If you know someone who has a gun that shouldn't have one, tell someone," he said.

Kriseman also said to encourage the person to turn that weapon in to the city's Amnesty Program. He said the city won't arrest the person because it just wants to get the gun off the street.

"People need to talk and communicate to get guns off the street," he said.

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3:53pm]

    

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