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Calling for peace in our community

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

City leaders, Law enforcement officials and folks in the community came together Saturday morning for Savannah Needs Relief during a peace rally aimed at stopping crime in the city.

"My out cry today is for the community to come together and speak up," said Victim's Mother Janice Hall. "I know that something knows about what happened to my son." 

"We need to do something to bring awareness to the community," said Victim's Mother Lucinda Chisholm. We need to put down the guns and pick up love." 

Janice Hall and Lucinda Chisholm are two mothers suffering from broken hearts because of violence, violence that took the lives of their sons.
Their pain increased by the fact that no one has been brought to justice for their childrens' deaths. 

Mayor Edna Jackson, District Attorney Meg Heap, and law enforcement officials gathered at Greater Gaines Chapel A.M.E church, to reassure Hall and Chisholm and the other parents in this group, that they are working to catch the folks responsible for their loved ones death. 

"We are here, we're getting into the community, it's not just that we're sitting at the court house trying these cases," said Heap. "We want to be a part. We're the voice for the victim. We're the voice for the people who were murdered, their sister, their brother.  We're the ones who bring a voice to the system for them." 

Hall and Chisholm are a part of a victim witness group for mothers.

With 15 homicides already this year, the group has grown. 

"We don't want nobody else to join this club, because we are going through pain and suffering and there is no reason for anybody else to join this club," said Hall.

According to Savannah Chatham Metro police's website Savannah's homicide rate is higher than it was this time last year. 

These folks here are leaning towards God, and praying that events like this will have a positive effect on the city. 

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