Local leaders hold gun violence meeting
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Community leaders, school administrators and families gathered to figure out ways of stopping gun violence in South Florida.
"People need to stop shooting so much," said shooting victim Aaron Willis.
Willis was shot in the back, his spinal cord was severed, and she was left paralyzed.
"I tell you now: enough is enough," said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Carvalho said 99 children lost their lives to violence in Miami-Dade County between 2009 and 2012. Most were shot and killed.
The National Action Network organized a meeting at Miami Jackson Senior High School on Monday night to figure out ways to stop violence.
The meeting included a panel of judges, police officers, lawyers and well-known rapper and community activist Luther Campbell. "This is the first step. You have to plant the seed. You plant the seed, and you watch it grow," said Campbell.
The meeting is the first step in preventing more violence. "We can talk to people and see if they listen," said Willis when asked what to do to prevent gun violence.
Organizers hope the meeting will lead to solutions that prevents parents' heartache, the same pain Willis' parents share. "I just can't stop feeling like my whole world just turned upside down because it's just so unnecessary that a kid like that has to go through something like this," said Sammie Willis.
The 99 children killed in Miami-Dade County over three years, according to Carvalho, is three times the amount of children that died in Broward County.
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