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Families of victims march against violence

Posted: 6:43 PM, May 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-22 19:16:44-04

CINCINNATI – Local moms who have lost children to gun violence made their voices heard Sunday, with a lot of support behind them.

Families of victims, as well as mentors and neighbors, marched through Eden Park to spread a positive message promoting peace.

“The mothers want to have a chance to say something about how they feel about these senseless homicides happening in our city,” Finish Program Director Mitchell Morris said.

Patricia Carson’s grandson was killed in Lower Price Hill March 28.

“It’s like I was crushed,” Carson said. “I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t see, couldn’t think, couldn’t do anything but cry.”

Last Monday, a shooting left another young man dead in an Avondale driveway.

“It’s getting out of hand – the killings – and the community needs to speak up,” Carson said. “And we’re from different communities. We’re not just from one area. We’re going from place to place spreading the word that the violence needs to stop.”

For many of the families, there are still unanswered questions in the deaths of their loved ones. The group passed out flyers to encourage witnesses of violence to come forward. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-352-4030 or text “cintip” plus a message to 274637.