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"Step Out & Stomp the Violence" is held in New Orleans

"Step Out and Stomp the Violence March" (photo by Jessica Holly) "Step Out and Stomp the Violence March" (photo by Jessica Holly)
18 year old Lawrence Burt - Murdered December 16th 2012 18 year old Lawrence Burt - Murdered December 16th 2012

New Orleans, La - Settling a score with a gun has taken countless lives in New Orleans. Many innocent victims were caught in the crossfire. While murder cannot be undone, remembering the victims can be a way to push for peace.

Eighteen-year-old Lawrence Burt was shot and killed in Central City. He took his last breath on December 16th in the 2400 block of St. Andrew Street. "He just come down to visit and was caught in the line of fire," said Burt's mother Alexandia Burt. "They took a piece of me when they took my baby."

Stories of tremendous loss were a common theme at this year's "Step Out and Stomp the Violence" event. "I've lost many friends to senseless violence," said a 17-year-old girl.

"She was struck by a bullet three blocks away on May 29th," said a woman speaking of her murdered 33-year-old sister.

Just about every person FOX 8 spoke with at the event lost someone to gun violence. The organizer of the event lost her cousin, Renetta "Magnolia Short" Lowe. She was gunned down two years ago at a New Orleans East apartment complex.

Keedy Black says the rally is in honor of her cousin and a way to keep her memory alive. "We're getting the message out to the community. It's a ceasefire. To come together and love each other and spread the love instead of the violence," said Black. "Let our kids grow up and let's have peaceful communities."

The Hot 8 Brass Band and several other groups joined in the rally and worked to spread a message through music.

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