By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of the Martin Luther King Day events taking place Monday was a rally and safety walk against gun violence in Southwest Philadelphia.READ MORE: Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA Train
Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson called for the rally after two men were murdered within minutes and blocks of each other, in separate incidents last Friday.
One of the speakers, Tracy Fisher, said it’s time to speak out about the guns, drugs and murders in the community. He says there’s too many people turning a blind eye:READ MORE: Philadelphia Police To ID Person Of Interest In Deadly Shooting Of Temple Student Samuel Collington, Confirm They Have Surveillance Video Of Shooting
“‘Long as it ain’t happening to you, you just cool, you fallin’ back, you chillin’, you stayin’ out the way. But yet we embrace these murderers, we let ’em come around us and feel comfortable. How is a murderer comfortable around the people he’s murderin’? Why? Because we don’t say anything, we don’t do anything.”
About a hundred people then marched from 61st and Buist Streets –the site of one murder — to 62nd and Gray’s Avenue, the site of the second murder.MORE NEWS: Why The New Omicron COVID Variant Is More Concerning