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By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Concerned community members held hands and marched together in Southwest Philadelphia Saturday to demonstrate unity in the effort to stamp out gun violence in the city.

Carlette Brooks and her husband Kenneth organized “Hands Across Philadelphia” in response to a seemingly endless parade of shootings in the city and beyond.

“We all are tired of the senseless killing,” Carlette said. “Every day you wake up, you listen to the news, somebody else’s child got killed.”

Carlette says it’s not a one-and-done event. The group, which stresses the importance of education and community involvement, is focused on the future.

“We’re looking for mentors for these young adults,” she said.

“We’ve got to give these kids something to do other than kill each other,” Kenneth added.

And they’re looking to recruit from every zip code.

“We want people to come out and unite,” Carlette said. “And just like they said, united we stand, divided we fall. So we need everybody — male, female and especially the young adults.”


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