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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - On the heels of Monday six shootings, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office kicked off a campaign aimed at turning the tide on violent crime.

For two decades crime has declined in the U.S., but in the last few months St. Louis is among a number of cities experiencing an alarming jump in gun violence.

Staff at the Circuit Attorney’s Office dressed in orange Tuesday to bring awareness to the problem. They also held up signs with the names of the 138 who lost their lives to gun violence last year.

Those under the age of 25 were highlighted in yellow.

So far this year there have been 70 homicides, a 25 percent jump over 2014.

Jennifer Joyce says, "in order to really make a permanent change in St. Louis we need everyone involved. Everyone has to take action to stem gun violence."

Joyce has set up a website where can log on to learn more about the violence and find out how you can help be proactive for change.

Overall there were 1,844 shootings in 2014. Joyce says that's worse than a war zone.

Cities like Baltimore and Milwaukee are experiencing an even bigger spike in violent crime.

Many are calling it the Ferguson affect.


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