‘We Want Our Community Back’: March Against Gun Violence

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Members of the South Florida community gathered in Miami Gardens Saturday to march and pray for an end to gun violence in South Florida.

“Yes, we are police officers but we have different roles. We wear different hats. We’re mothers, we’re daughters and we’re pastors. And so, we love our community and we know that unity is power,” said Nelly Joseph, one of the event organizers.

Miami-Dade County has experienced an uptick in gun violence over the last month. There have been nine shootings reported in almost four weeks, and four of them happened Saturday.

One took place in Little Havana where police said two men were shot at, only one was injured.

The second happened in Overtown, leaving two male victims.

The third incident happened in Northwest Miami-Dade, in which a juvenile was struck by gunfire coming from a vehicle.

The fourth shooting also happened in Northwest Miami-Dade Saturday afternoon, leaving one man injured.

The increase in gun violence motivated residents to come out and take a stand for their community.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for. And we’re hoping that as we walk through these streets and command the change. We want our city back,” said Sharon Johnson, a resident.

Residents walked six blocks from Northwest 177th Street and 7th Avenue to 183rd Street. They stopped at each block to hold hands and say a prayer to bring about peace and unity.

“What we pray to God is against violence. We pray that healing will take place. We pray that hearts will be healed. We pray that people, yes, conflict will happen. But what do you do with the conflict? You don’t have to fight. You don’t have to pick up your gun. You can sit down and talk. It’s okay to disagree, but what you do afterwards is what’s going to impact the community,” said Joseph.

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