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Hundreds take a stand to stop the violence

BROOKHAVEN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After violent killings happened in the city of Brookhaven, residents and others outside the city took a stand in hopes of stopping future criminal acts.

Hundreds of people gathered to spread the same message at Saturday's Stop the Violence March in Brookhaven.

Jerry Kelly said, "I hope the impact will promote unity. I hope it will promote love and I hope it will promote the old saying, that it takes a village to raise a child."

Two killings happened just days apart all in the small populated City of Brookhaven.

25-year-old Kelcay Humphrey was shot and killed. 40-year-old Claudis Montgomery is behind bars charged with his murder.

Just two days later, 43-year-old Bridget London Hall was shot and killed in her home. Her killer is still on the run.

Hall's brother Ted London said he hopes this positive event makes a mark.

Ted London said, "We live in this community, we grew up in this community and the people that are killing each other with this senseless violence, these are people we love and we know. So you know, we need to put a stop to all this violence."

Senator Sally Doty said, "We've got to come together and figure out what the things are that we can do in our community to stop this violence."

Organizer LaMeshia McMorris and advocate Calvin Haynes said more than 200 people took time to listen to the message and be apart of the Stop the Violence March where one message was made clear.

LaMeshia McMorris said, "Unity. That was our main objective."

Calvin Haynes said, "It's just a step forward into solving all this crime and violence going on in Brookhaven."

Jerry Kelly added, "And that's what it takes is us helping one another for us to be a success."

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