‘It has to stop.’ Bronx DA Clark hosts 4th annual March to End Gun Violence

Community members and gun violence victims' families joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for the fourth annual March to End Gun Violence on Saturday – a joint effort to bring awareness to gun violence and prevention programs. 

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2023, 9:50 PM

Updated 361 days ago

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Community members and gun violence victims' families joined the Bronx District Attorney’s Office for the 4th annual March to End Gun Violence on Saturday – a joint effort to bring awareness to gun violence and prevention programs.
The names and faces of innocent victims who died from gun violence were shown.
"Now we are a part of a group that we didn't ask to be a part of: The grieving mothers and fathers," said Yanely Henriquez, whose daughter died as a result of gun violence.
The grieving parents stood in solidarity calling for an end to the violence they say is plaguing the streets of the Bronx.
The NYPD led the district attorney's walk in Longwood.
The event came on the heels of another shooting that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old on Friday night.
"We are losing a generation of young people... being shot and killed... it has to stop,“ said the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
This year alone there have been 105 shootings in the Bronx that resulted in 102 people injured and 26 deaths.
Clark said prevention is a part of the solution.
Before the walk, community organizations like Save Our Streets lined up for a resource fair.
"If we treat it as a public health issue, we all could get involved, because this is not a one person, one block, one individual person -- it's a plague that is affecting us worldwide," said Save Our Streets' Ramon Caba.
Clark's Office said it's working to get guns off the streets. It said 500 guns have been confiscated so far this year.
Parents, however, are still left questioning.
"Where are these guns coming from?" asked Milagros Ortega, whose son died from gun violence 10 years ago. She said it is a wound that will never heal.
"It's a feeling that never fades, and that's why I am here: To continue to fight to end this gun violence against our children," she said.


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