Bronx River Houses residents rally against street violence

Residents who live in the Bronx River Houses came together Friday to march for peace and rally against violence in their area. The march follows

The march follows many residents' growing concerns about the safety of the neighborhood.

The march follows many residents' growing concerns about the safety of the neighborhood. (2/3/17)

THE BRONX - Residents who live in the Bronx River Houses came together Friday to march for peace and rally against violence in their area.

The march follows many residents' growing concerns about the safety of the neighborhood.

Residents tell News 12 that just last Wednesday, a 37-year-old man was shot in the area.

Jeremy Graham, of the Bronx, says seniors in the community are growing fearful of leaving their homes to run errands, like going to the drug store, which in turn could have a negative impact on local businesses.

People of all ages, however, came to the rally and showed their support for putting a stop to street violence.

The program director of Stand Up to Violence, Erika Mendelson, attended Friday's rally with other community leaders.

"We come out with the community leaders and our team and we have a peace march, a rally and get the community involved," she says. "It's part of our efforts to change the community norms and make everyone aware of what's going on."

Graham says the rally is the peoples' way of taking their community back and letting the mayor know that gun violence must be stopped.

 

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