Created: May 02, 2021 06:59 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — City leaders and education leaders have been raising the alarm over rising levels of violent crime in the city, and now those close to violent crime victims are joining in. A group of mothers who all lost children in violent shooting incidents in Rochester are not only speaking out against violence but continuing to seek justice for their loved ones.
This weekend, they gathered at Maplewood Rose Garden to remember many of this year's homicide victims. These mothers say every time another child, or young adult is killed in a violent crime it's a grim reminder of the pain, and suffering they endured at the loss of a loved one.
The gathering was a small one, but this mother who are part of the "Why My Baby" organization gathered to remember the children they lost due to gun violence. Danita Forney's son Da'Marri Shaw and his friend Brent Coley were killed back in February 2008.
"They were both 15-years old when they got killed on Wilkins and Hudson. It's still a cold case. So you know I just want justice for both of them," said Forney.
So far, 21 people have been murdered in Rochester with a few victims under the age of 20. Forney says no parent should have to bury their own child.
"As mothers, parents, guardians, whatever we, you know, we're tired. You know we're tired. Enough is enough. All this crime [has] got to stop," said Forney.
Last week, Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small reached out to the community to discuss just how much the recent rash of violence has touched the district. She says eight of the schools recently went into lock-down mode due to nearby gun-related incidents. Several students have also been arrested. The numbers get worse.
"Thirteen students have been injured as a result of gun violence with several injured as innocent bystanders. 2 students were wounded in separate incidents while in their living rooms watching television with their families, and 6 students have died as a result of gun violence," said Myers-Small.
She's joining all others who are fighting against gun violence.
"Far too many of our students experience trauma every day whether they are directly, or indirectly involved, the impact is significant. This has got to stop," said Myers-Small.
Lots of these fatal violent shootings remain unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to a shooter's arrest, contact the police.
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