Group comes collectively to unfold consciousness to cease gun violence in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Tuesday, community members gathered in southern Youngstown to raise awareness for an end to gun violence. The Jericho Project took over the empty lot across from a gas station.

It was where too 17 year old Reshaud Biggs Jr. was murdered a week ago.

At the gathering, speakers shared their stories about how gun violence affected them.

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An organizer says he started the Jericho Project in 1997 during a crime wave in Youngstown. Your message is still needed today.

“We went through this neighborhood and talked to some neighbors and they said they were tired of all the violence that was going on in this neighborhood and we told them we were going to hold an event here,” said founder Rafael Cruz, Jr.

People who stopped by to hear the message of peace could enjoy a little gospel music, free hot dogs and hamburgers.