Local organization calls for community action at ‘Stop the Violence’ event

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Uniting and Healing Through Hope of Monroe County, a local activist group, held a discussion on Jefferson Avenue Monday to discuss the city’s recent uptick in violence.

The “Stop The Violence” was created in reaction to the city’s rising gun-related violence. The meeting came in the wake of the overnight shooting at a Hudson Ave Walmart, Rochester’s 35th homicide this year. During the incident, an 18-year-old was killed and three others were wounded.

Community members and local activists who gathered at the “Stop The Violence” event asked for action, and searched for causes and solutions to the problem.

“It’s been a habitual, consistent, almost a daily event,” activist Clay Harris said. “And this is why we’re doing what we’re doing. We’re trying to bring some positivity, and some positive attention to it, to tell the community to get engaged, to get involved.”

As of Monday, there have been just below 200 shootings in Rochester as of 2021.

The Stop the Violence event took place Monday from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at 271 Flint Street.

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