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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A local artist and former graduate from Soldan International Studies High School is sending a strong message about gun violence.

Anthony Turner says the violence really hits home after losing many of his classmates and friends to violent crimes.

“Losing seven classmates within the last five years, it’s heartbreaking,” Turner said.

At the Extreme Institute by Nelly, Turner is on a mission through his music, to promote an initiative to end gun violence. Turner made a plea to unify the community to put down their weapons and is encouraging others to join the movement.

Alumni members from Soldan International Studies High School are planning a vigil at the school to honor the fallen victims.

The vigil will be held Monday, February 29 at 6 p.m. in Soldan's auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. They have currently reached out to graduating classes as far back as the Class of 1969. They will begin the program by having someone provide remarks about each fallen victim. The culminating part of the event will be to release balloons outside the school at the end of the program.

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