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Sikeston group marching to end violence

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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Heartland social justice group participated in peace march in Sikeston to end area violence on Saturday morning.

The group, And Justice For All, organized the march for Saturday, April 30. It started at 9 a.m. at 843 W. Malone St. and followed a 6 mile route through the city.

Dozens of marchers were on hand.

"We hope that the community gets involved and joins in with us, we can't do it alone,” the group's vice president Nathanial Green Sr. said earlier this week.

Group says it is marching to raise awareness and curb the “senseless shootings, killings, and drug use” in the area.

“It takes unity, where there is unity there is strength," Green said.

Police redirected traffic briefly as marchers stopped to pray. This was the first of five stops for the peace march.

Leaders hope their message of peace transcends race and location.

“It's not about white and black,” And Justice For All president Larry McClellon said. “It's for the entire community even the surrounding areas.”

The group made five stops along the way at various places where recent violence and deaths occurred.

Marchers prayed at the intersection of College and Main streets where Christopher Qurvon West was killed on January 11.

The next stop was on Gladys Street where a person was found dead in the back room of the home. Residents say the death is mysterious.

The next stop after that was on Mary Street. Tyrell Banks, 22, of Haywood City was shot in the chest and killed in November of 2014.

After the stop on Mary Street, marchers made their way to Williams Street where Deangelo Williams who had been shot numerous times and killed back in June of 2012.

Lastly the marchers stopped on John R. Boulevard where Nyketia Lott, 28, of Sikeston. was shot in the back of the head in September of 2013.

Chanda Jones of Sikeston was also part of the march. 

Jones organized a group called Bootheel Divas which showed their support during the march by dancing a couple routines. 

"Peoples' mouths are closed," said Jones. "You know, as you always say a closed mouth don't never get fed so if you hear one voice it just takes one voice to speak and hear something then you know everybody probably say they do care."

One of the marchers, Shawn Ruffin from Sikeston, stood up in front of the crowd and gave a speech. 

"We should all notice that those are young black kids," Ruffin said. "And we see what's going on everywhere in the country. And it's a war on young black kids and we have to realize that. And we have a war on ourself. We got to stop pointing fingers and start looking in the mirror. That's what we have to do. Mothers, we have to go back to being mothers again. Fathers, we are going to have to start being fathers."

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