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Stokes leads rally to stop violence

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - One Jackson city leader spent the Labor Day holiday working to end the violence in the city.

Monday afternoon Ward 3 Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes held a celebration and rally in Battlefield park.

The event titled "Stop the Violence" was held in response to a shooting in the park on July 4th.

Thirty-three-year-old Antwan Carter was killed and two others hospitalized, after an argument broke out over fireworks being thrown at children.

Jackson police have not made an arrest in that case yet.

The summer of violence hit its peak in August with the shooting death of Jackson police officer Glen Agee.

Stokes says he just wanted to let the community know the park was still safe for families.

Stokes said, "We think too many people have too many guns. I still feel these gun shows coming in and dropping off guns, pawn shops, it's hurting the community. I think that's why you got to go around these neighborhoods and explain to everybody, stop the violence, increase the peace cause once they pull the trigger, that's when they're sorry. It's too late then."

There was light attendance at the peace rally.  The event also featured several performances from local blues artists.

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