Erie community unites to end violence

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There have been three homicides in the City of Erie in past 26 days all due to gun violence.
 
Members of the Erie community stood up saying they are fed up with the violence.
 
“Enough is enough do we have to keep losing one more” said Vanessa Belen murder victim Elijah Jacksons mother.
 
It was standing room only at a packed McKinley Elementary School cafeteria for a peaceful anti-violence rally.
 
Erie United Parents brought the community together after another life was taken from gun violence Monday.
 
Three mothers who all lost their sons to gun violence embraced each other and said everyone needs to stand together to end the violence.
 
“I have been on an emotional rollercoaster” said Yvette Jennings “a mother of a murder victim it’s making me press even harder for a change to come about.”
 
“We are just trying to get the parents to come in” said Belen “I always say strength in numbers let’s come together and help the police officers stop this violence.”
 
Law enforcement and community members held hands and prayed no more lives will be taken.
 
Community members told JET 24 they are outraged by the lack of cooperation with police investigations.
 
“If you are not passing information on to the police you are hindering apprehension of a criminal” said Erie resident Larry Nelson “and the longer that criminal is out on the street the more dangerous he is going to be.”

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