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Danforth Middle School Students Hold Peace Parade to End Local Gun Violence

Dec 3, 2015
Matthew Gutierrez

  More than 100 Danforth Middle School students braved the rain and cold Thursday afternoon for a peace parade to call for an end gun violence in their neighborhoods.

The march was part of a program that featured presentations from Mayor Stephanie Miner and other community leaders. Seventh grader Agnes Niyuker  says the purpose of the march is to spread the word that safer streets will give students a better chance to grow as young citizens.   

Shane T. McCoy / U.S. Marhsals

The results are in from a joint, four-month effort to combat gang violence in Syracuse.   Police Chief Frank Fowler says  the 248 arrests made during “Operation:  Salt City” from May to September included 124 gang members.   He says they couldn’t have had that success without the help of the U.S. Marshal Service.

"It's not only important that we have a group like this, but it's important that we sustain a group like this.  All urban police departments throughout the country are facing a manpower shortage like this.  The City of Syracuse is no different."

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Imagine you’re barbecuing at the park with family and friends during Fourth of July weekend. The sun is beating at the back of your neck and right as the burgers barely start to sizzle on the grill, you hear a gun shot. Then another, and another.

Violence is no stranger to the streets of Syracuse; but after a crime spree over the Fourth of July weekend left 10 people shot and two dead, people have had enough.

Syracuse resident and parent Stephanie Dreher says the community needs to do a better job of coming together to raise their children.

cureviolence.org

  A Syracuse gang prevention program is getting some significant financial backing from the state – hoping to make a difference where law enforcement can’t.