DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. – A group of mourners from Daytona Beach held a rally Thursday night against gun violence.
They met at the corner of Park Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard, where four people were shot, police said.
The impetus for the Guns Down rally was the shootings of Anton Melvin, John Birch and Patrick Lasseter.
Most of the assembled residents had one thing in common: nearly half of the group had lost a loved one to a gunshot wound.
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“It tells me something is wrong in our community,” said LaShandra Miles, the rally leader.
Three shooting victims brought this group together on Thursday, but their personal experiences of loss due to gun violence encourage them to keep fighting for others.
“Everyone feels pain. This is not just one – all of us, our entire community, ”said Ruth Plummer, a participant in the rally.
The group is calling on people to put down their weapons and stop the senseless violence.
They said that in order to change something, there must be solidarity in society.
The rally participants said it was time to hold legislators and city leaders accountable.
The group plans to continue fighting at the Daytona Beach City Commission meeting next Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
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