South Providence residents – concerned about a recent uptick in gun crime – rallied on Broad Street Monday.
About 200 people linked arms on Broad Street and shouted “Peace in our Streets” in a show of solidarity against violent crime. The line extended two blocks. June saw a rash of shootings in the capital city, including the murder of a 12 year old girl. Rally organizer Kobi Dennis said the event was aimed at allaying residents’ fears as much as taking a stand against crime.
"I’m not concerned at all because I was born and raised in Providence and this is a fluctuation that happens. When the economy is bad, when things go bad people get angry. People lash out in different ways. We’re trying to get the young people back in. We’re trying to reel the community in and let them know it’s going to be all right," said Dennis.
Police say gun crime in the capital city is running at roughly the same rate as last year: 43 shootings to date, compared to 44 last year. Nine people have been killed, the same number for the first half of last year.
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