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Rally held to stop violence in Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

In one day, these dedicated citizens are hoping to inspire change in a community that has been repeatedly targeted by criminals.

As the group marched down Harding Street they prayed standing in solidarity with one common goal - to touch the younger generations so that the future can be brighter than the past.

"They are the generation behind us and behind them is their children so we have to do something, we have to reach hem somehow," said Cynthia Brown.

Josephine Brown shared her tragic story. Her son, K-Rongio Clanton was gunned down last September.

"I've been trying to get the word out that no one is immune to this and I want everyone in this city to live together and get along, look out for each other," said Josephine Brown.

In April, five more lost their lives along this street, including a family of four, found dead inside a burned-out home.

The memorial sites are still visible, and it's because of these types of heinous crimes, this group says they will continue to march and sing on.

"We are in the heart of violence, as a matter of fact the whole city is in the heart of violence because whatever happens to one child, one parent is our responsibility," said Bonner.

Josephine Brown says she won't give up. She will keep telling her son's story hoping that with every word that leaves her lips another life can be saved.

"No one should have to go through what I've been going through, its sad but its true," said Brown.

Alexander Hill, Jr. is the person of interest in April's quadruple homicide. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

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