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Youth group supports families of murder victims

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Friday's "No Shots Fired" program was put together by a church's youth ministry group.

It was an outreach effort that took weeks to organize for families of murder victims.  There's a lot of pain in the room, a club nobody wants to belong to.  They're the families of people who've been murdered in Cincinnati.  Some are holding images of the loved ones they lost.

"We wanted to basically show the community that we do care, that we are ones that want to make a difference," organizer Danielle Nelloms said. 

Young adults at new Prospect Baptist Church honored the families with words of encouragement, songs, and scripture.  Also a strong message from community activist Arthur Phelps and the woman he shot and paralyzed more than 20 years ago.

That woman, Margaret Long, said, "Send a message to the people of Cincinnati that this violence has got to stop. I didn't retaliate. I didn't go back out there try to hurt somebody just because."

Activist Phelps said, "We met and we reunited and from there, we've been trying to help each other, help the public let them know that, that's not the way to go."

The youth ministry says outreach is the key to helping stop gun violence and showing shooters that there's a better way.

"Even if they have to do a life sentence, even if they don't do a sentence and they're still out there on the run.  Turn your life around," Nelloms said.

The young people who organized the event hope this will be part of the healing process and send a message so the families know that they're not alone.

Families also participated in a candlelight tribute to honor people who've been shot and killed.

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