Black mothers who’ve lost children to gun violence turn to public service

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Gun violence in the U.S. results in tens of thousands of deaths every year. So far this year more than 6,800 people have died in shooting incidents. According to Gun Violence Archives that includes at least 28 since yesterday.

A Stop the Violence rally was held this afternoon at Public Safety Memorial Park.

Community members gathered together grieving the loss of homicide victims.

Gun violence has a lifetime effect on these families, one in particular is Christopher Edwards Jr.’s family.

His family organized the event and were lifting each other up in spirit and mourning the loss of Edwards.

Police: Victim identified in Garden District homicide

Edwards was murdered inside Laced shoe store on Springhill Avenue in February.

Witnesses told NBC 15 three men confronted him inside and shots were fired.

Terrance Sims Jr. was arrested and charged with murder.

Edwards’ family says it was a senseless crime they’re still trying to cope with.

His 21st birthday would be this week.

Saturday, loved ones honored his legacy left behind as well as 12 other homicide victims.

Edwards’ family says they don’t want anyone else to feel the pain they’re going through and want to inspire others to put the guns down.

“The craziest thing about it is each one of those families have to deal with a loss and they have to wake everyday dealing with that person that is gone because of the situation that could have been resolved a different way,” says Rozay Brown.

So far this year, there have been 23 homicides.

We sat down with Mobile Police about this issue.

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