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People Call for End to Gun Violence - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Stop the violence is the message from a group of parents, students, and leaders in North Nashville. They are tired of hearing about murders, and they say it's time to put the guns away.

Church service beings with worship at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist, but the message this Sunday morning is all about ending gun violence.

"Our youth gun violence is real high here in Nashville, and we're all concerned, and we are all trying to come together to put a stop to it," says pastor Marcus Campbell.

Many of the people in attendance have lost loved ones. Kedrin Barbee's grief is still fresh. His 15 year old son Kevin was killed in January when a friend's gun accidentally went off. "I'm here to support, just stop the violence, period, with our youth," says Kedrin Barbee.

Barbee says too many young people are dying. Sunday he was honored with a plaque as part of the Partners in the Struggle first annual Youth Gun-Violence Week. "Words can never express how much I loved my son, he was my only son," says Barbee.

The message here is also about prevention. Some say it begins with parents being involved and helping children cope with anger. "Let them know that we love them, that they are somebody, that people do care, that people are concerned about them," says pastor Marcus Campbell.
The hope is that by coming together in prayer, a problem that seems impossible can be solved. Kedrin Barbee knows its too late for his son, but he hopes other parents won't have to know the same pain. "If I could say anything to my son, it would be what I tell him everyday...I love you son, always will," says Barbee.

The youth gun-violence week involved several events, including a march and two forums for students.

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