Anti-Violence Group Marches in Tallahassee

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, Florida -September 22, 2012

A group of people say they've had enough of the violence in Tallahassee.

Members of the anti-violence group, Tallahassee:Stop the Violence marched along South Monroe Street.

The marchers waved signs and chanted as they called for an end to the shootings.

"It needs to stop. It seems like every week there is one to two people who's been shot," says Rhodesia Norton, who came out to the march.

"I'm ready for the violence to stop. I'm ready for everyone to join in and speak up," says Markeshia Harvey, founder of 'Tallahassee: Stop the Violence.'

Markeshia Harvey formed the group in August after a friend of hers was shot and killed.

He is one of the City's 13 homicide victims this year. That's three more than the City saw all of last year, according to statistics provided by the FBI.

Wanda Norton's son Reshard Morrell was one of those killed in 2011.

"We need this in Tallahassee. We need everyone to know we do care about our youth," says Wanda Norton.

The group is hoping its anti-violence message will bring peace to the community.

Helen Ganius hopes to help spread that message of peace and non-violence as she marched to remember her son Sylvester who was killed in 2005.

"We just need as a community to get together and just get together and say we are not having all this violence. You can't kill our children," says Helen Gainus.

The group says it plans to march again in two weeks.

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