The murder rate in Ferguson has skyrocketed under the current leaders in Ferguson. Black on Black crime is a HUGE reason why even though the focus has been on the police and the Black Lives Matter protests. The “Mothers Against Killing” march was great for those who’ve experienced violence but then what solutions are there? After the march, the same old, same old happened in the same place where the non-violence march ended…murder again.
Hundreds gathered at Fairground Park on Saturday in order to make a difference in St. Louis and stop the violence.
“Mothers Against Killing” is all part of an effort to help families whose lives have been impacted by violence.
“I think they’ll see our pain,” said Alberta Smith, one of the mothers at the event. “They’ll see the hurt these mothers experience when losing their children.” And she’s not the only one. Mothers across the St. Louis area are uniting to say enough is enough.
“Mothers set the tone,” said Karen Chaney, another mother at the event. “Our children are watching us so we need mothers to be mothers again.” Chaney has a 19-year-old son and says the solution to a safer city is more boots on the ground and talking about ways to make a difference.
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Organizers say the goal of the gathering is to allow mothers who have lost children to grieve while alerting them and others to the resources available to them….
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:
Homicide has been called to the scene of a shooting near the spot where an end violence march ended on Saturday.
Police say the victim, a man in his 30s, was shot in the torso and head on 21st Street and St. Louis Avenue near Rauschenbach Park.
The victim was transported to an area hospital. He was later pronounced dead.
The investigation is ongoing.
This homicide marks the 127th of the year. In 2014, St. Louis had its 127th homicide in November.