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A Vigil To Stop Violence In Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood

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(FOX 11) In response to a rash of shootings and the persistence of gang related homicide in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood youth, parents and community leaders organized a vigil and procession to bring healing to the community. The June 7th shooting rampage that resulted in the death of six residents was followed by three shooting incidents that left one dead and two others with serious injuries.

Gil Verastegui's tragic death on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 marked the 49th time since 1989 a family has suffered a loss due to homicide in Santa Monica, the majority of these homicides occurring within an 8 block "red zone" in the Pico Neighborhood.

The Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) along with various community groups have also called for a Townhall Meeting on Violence Prevention scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:00pm to engage the community in a discussion on proactive policy solutions to violence and trauma.

"We invite residents, youth, clergy, parents and community leaders from Santa Monica and beyond to support our movement for peace, unity and social justice. We cannot let the tragic death of our community members happen without a renewed commitment to building a safer community," stated Francisco Juarez, PYFC Board Member and Vietnam Veteran.

(Source: PYFC)

 

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