Rally against Seattle gun violence calls for an end to killings

Rally against Seattle gun violence calls for an end to killings
Andrea Brenneke (left) and a friend join the rally against gun violence Saturday in Seattle.
SEATTLE - Two dozen people have been murdered in Seattle so far this year, and many in the community say that number is much too high. They're ready to make real change.

On Saturday morning, residents in the Central District took to the streets - walking two miles to protest gun violence and call for an end to the shootings.

"I think its important that we take a stand for peace," says resident Andrea Brenneke.

Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith was there as well, to show his support

"A gun going off hurts everyone - including the person pulling trigger," he said. "Leave guns at home."

One woman said Seattle's 24 homicides since the start of the year is a heart-breaking statistic.

"It feels that way. Crimes have been so horrific and tragic," she said.

A new program will soon be launched creating forums throughout the communities not to just tell city leaders what to do, but how to work with each other, right there in the neighborhoods.

"We need to hear from the entire community. ... Be involved," says Smith.