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Homicide victims remembered by family

Rochester, N.Y. - As Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren considers who will fill the role of Rochester Police Chief, family of homicide victims gathered Saturday for prayer and remembrance.

Pastor Britt Pledger founder of Stop Killn, Start Chilln held a ceremony for families affected by violence.

The leaders, including myself, and other organizations, if we pull together, said Pledger, we can made this work.

We miss him, we miss him dearly, said Matthew Singleton when asked about how his family is dealing with the murder of his nephew 31-year-old Jahmia Singleton.

Jahmia was shot and killed on June 24, 2012 on Central Avenue in Rochester.

Jahmia is one of 36 homicides in the city this year.

Growing up in this community we didn't have it quite this bad and it's sad to see our young ones leaving here so early, said Matthew Singleton. Life has more to offer than that.

Even with changes coming to Rochester, the new mayor and police chief, Singleton believes it's up to the community to really make a difference.

It's unfortunate some don't grasp it until it hits home, said Singleton. I'm hoping that we wake up and realize it's closer than we think, so it behooves all of us to put our arms around these kids and save their lives.

Pastor Britt Pledger agrees.

The police chief is the police chief you can only do what you can do, it takes a community to stop the violence, said Pledger.

More than half of the homicides this year have been solved with an arrest.

 
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