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Councilman holds Peace Rally to speak against community violence

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Recent violence in the capital city prompts one councilman to call for a peace rally in his ward.

Councilman Kenneth Stokes met with residents Sunday at J.C. Park to promote a peace initiative. Stokes referenced a fatal shooting at a nearby service station when speaking about the need to end violence in the community.

Children played nearby as he tried to spread his message in the Wood Street Community.

"People of good will must speak out against escalating crime that we have in the City of Jackson. We're asking ministers to speak out against it. We're asking all citizens black, white and Hispanic to speak out against it."

Stokes says many fear retaliation if they speak to police and others about the violence in their community.

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