Family rallies for peace after violent weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A violent weekend in St. Louis included 2 homicides and multiple non-fatal shootings. More than 100 mourners came out to 2nd and Carr Streets to remember the life of murder victim Bariah Crump. The 28-year-old was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

“You all took away a father, a boyfriend, a brother, a son and a provider and a protector to me and a lot of people,” said Tynishia Bibbs, Crumps girlfriend.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police also responded to a homicide on the 34-hundred block of Cherokee Street Sunday. Police said a suspect was in custody.

As of last week, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported 52 homicides for this year. That compares to 38 for the same time last year.

Some of the non-fatal violence from this weekend included a stabbing at Grand and Kossuth, an exchange of gunfire with 4 victims struck near Natural Bridge and Marcus, two teenagers wounded on the 42-hundred block of Cottage and a shooting in the 47-hundred block of North 20th Street.

“It’s taken us too long to begin to deal with the issue at the root which is in our families and in our neighborhood,” said Better Family Life director James Clark.

His organization targets at-risk neighborhoods with door to door assistance.

“And if we believe that this gets better without direct resource delivery into our neighborhoods, we are sadly mistaken,” said Clark.

A tearful mourner at Sunday’s rally agreed.

“Our community is so angry. I know we need resources but we can’t resort to violence,” said Locha Brooks.

“Let’s put our guns down St. Louis,” said Bibbs. “Let’s just stop this because no one deserved this.”

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