KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tired of hearing gunshots, concerned citizens from all over Kansas City gathered at 59th and Swope Parkway demanding to hear the sound of car horns, instead.
"I have a big concern about the number of people dying," said Sydney Hicks. "I don't want to wait for it to affect me or someone close to me."
— Ariel Rothfield KSHB (@arothfield) August 2, 2018
While she held a sign and yelled for cars to honk their horns, others passed out flyers.
"I hope we are going to help solve gun violence," said a friend of murdered UMKC student Sharath Koppu.
Koppu was shot and killed in early July when a man walked in and tried to rob a restaurant he was working at.
Ever since Kansas City Police detectives have had to jump from one scene to another.
For example, in a 28-hour span, 14 were shot. Four of those individuals died.
"I think the solution is that people need to speak up and speak out about the violence and be to the point where they are not going to tolerate the kind of violence that occurs in our community," said Hicks.
ANTI-VIOLENCE GROUPS YOU CAN JOIN
Aims to the bridge between communities and law enforcement to reduce violence and solve crimes.
24-hour community hotline: 816-753-1111
24-hour youth helpline: 816-831-2665
Evidence-based public health approach to violence in Kansas City.
Provides expert-led courses on conflict resolution.
Advocacy program for families of homicide victims.
Violence prevention, education and intervention for Kansas City communities.
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Web Tips: www.kccrimestoppers.com
Text Tips: Text TIP452 plus your message to CRIMES (274637)
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