SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - In the most recent attempt to curb violence in Sikeston, several organizations from across the Bootheel and Southeast Missouri came together to speak and perform in front of hundreds Saturday, Jan. 30.
The event was held at the Tanner Street Church of God. Inside on a wall hung the names of 16 people that had been killed in recent years throughout the community.
"It's sad and to lose your life over nonsense and these young kids getting guns, and I mean, it's just crazy," Peggy Alexander, Devin Alexander's mother said. "It needs to stop. All of it just needs to stop."
Devin Alexander was one of the most recent victims of this violence. Alexander was shot and killed in December of 2015.
"My son was, everybody knew him, he was a happy go lucky person. And to have something for him, not only him, but other people in the community, it means a lot," Alexander said.
While speakers and groups performed in the gymnasium in front of the many in attendance, the front row was dedicated solely to the mothers and family members of those 16 victims.
The community of Sikeston has recently made several efforts, such as holding marches, to help raise awareness for the violence seen in their community and why it needs to be stopped.
As speakers, models and singers performed, many mothers of the 16 victims sat in the front row, showing emotion as well as support.
Many people there said they feel these types of events are starting to help to curb some of the violence.
"I think it has and I think it will as long as we continue to do so," Alexander said. "I think it will help out a lot. As long as people stick together as a community, I think that a lot of big things will come out of this."
Devin Alexander was one of the 16 names on the wall being remembered. The other victims remembered are DeAngelo Williams, Kristie Hill, Reginald Sales, Trevor Neal, Steve White, Nic Gilbert, Zatrun Twiggs, Detavian Richardson, Trece Johnson, Vernon Hayes, Chris West, Tyrell Banks, Shaquille Sherrod, Tyrussell Davis and Baby Sam. The groups and organizations that spoke and performed were, Cornerstone Baptist Church dancers, Positive Brotherhood from Malden, Missouri, Biker Boys from the Missouri Bootheel and Arkansas, Bootheel Divas, area pastors and more.
Many were thankful for all of the community support, as well as the support from other communities around the area.
T-shirts which displayed the names of the 16 victims being honored were made available, as well.