CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — It was a rally for mothers who lost children to gun violence but there were also fathers, grandmothers, children and local activists marching for the same cause: peace on these New York City streets.
Dozens of people in pink t-shirts with signs and pink balloons gathered on the Black Lives Matter mural on Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn Saturday.
“After July 4, week after week a child was being killed and that just cut to the core of my heart,” said activist Stephanie L. Norwood Smith.
The latest numbers show shootings in the boroughs are up compared to this time last year. The NYPD has been grappling with trying to get guns off the street. The biggest casualty among it all has been children.
Last week, a 1-year-old boy was shot while sitting in a stroller near a Brooklyn park and just last night, a 17-year old boy was shot and killed in Crown Heights.
“What I want to see is more people of color come together, black lives can’t only matter when we killing each other,” said former law enforcement officer Michael Thomas.