PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –As Philadelphia’s murder fee outpaces this time final 12 months, activists are reacting to the rising numbers and they’re calling for peace. On Saturday, they marched down Baltimore Avenue to Cobbs Creek Park.
The Commandoes Drill and Drum staff led the march for peace as they made their manner in the direction of the Tyhir Barnes Anti-Gun Violence Memorial Basketball Basic.
“I simply say, ‘Put the weapons down,’” Tanisha Pratt-Thomas mentioned. “Simply put the weapons down, it’s heartbreaking for folks to lose their baby.”
For Pratt-Thomas, it’s private. On Saturday, her son can be 21 years outdated.
“Tyhir was 15 when he was killed, and it simply appears that these youngsters are getting youthful and youthful,” she mentioned.
Philadelphia has now reported at the least 326 homicides, that’s 4 greater than this time final 12 months, which was the deadliest 12 months on report for town.
Police say 10% of the victims are youthful than 18.
“It’s so unhappy, it’s actually unhappy, however that’s why these sort of occasions are vital,” Terrilynn Donnell mentioned. “It takes all of us.”
The Klutch Kings Regulation Enforcement Motorbike Membership pulled into the occasion Saturday, serving to to function mentors and serving to present different retailers for youngsters.
“We simply need to do our half not solely after we’re working for town, but additionally in our off time, attempting to mitigate a few of this gun violence,” Sergio Diggs, of the Philadelphia Police Division, mentioned.
Because the crime numbers rise, neighborhood members are attempting to unfold the phrase about protected areas and different retailers for youngsters.
And Pratt-Thomas is encouraging mother and father to step up, to assist curb the violence and they also don’t must endure her ache.
“Test your child’s room, put the weapons down,” Pratt-Thomas mentioned. “All I ask for is peace. It has to cease and it begins with the mother and father.”
For a listing of gun violence sources in Philadelphia, click here.