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Dozens march to 'Stop the Violence' following latest Cedar Rapids double homicide

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A message to "Stop the Violence" took the streets of Cedar Rapids.

Marchers say their city has suffered enough and they want restore it back to how it used to be.

The Stop the Violence march follows Wednesday night's double homicide of 22-year-old Quintrell Perkins and 20-year-old Sierrah Simmons.

It makes a total of 6 homicides so far this year in Cedar Rapids.

Monica Simpson, one of the march organizers, knows the effects of violence all too well.

Two years ago, her best friend was killed by gun violence, forcing her to leave Cedar Rapids to escape what she calls a growing brutality.

"This has to stop. Just this year we've had six homicides and it's not just blacks, there's white folks too," said Simpson. "That's what people don't understand, bullets don't have a color, they don't have a name. It's taking innocent lives for no reason."

Six-year-old Carson Mason says in 2012, Tasha Roundtree, someone who spent a lot of time with him, was shot and killed.

"I'm sad. I was really close to her, she used to take to basketball games and any where I wanted to go," said Mason. "We can't go to recess because they got shot by my school, and I go to Johnson."

Little Carson and dozens of others marched through the Wellington Heights neighborhood following Wednesday's double-homicide on the city's southeast side.

It's violence like that which Franklin Davis says has to stop.

"There's a lot of mindless behavior taking place on the streets, but it has to stop somewhere," said Davis. "Your own self image will dictate whether you entertain the violence or not."

Davis is the uncle of Denisha Davis, who was shot in Iowa City in early March.

The marchers shouted all the way to the 1700 block of 4th Street SE for a moment of silence where Simmons and Perkins lost their lives.

"It's going to send a message, we're not going to deal with it no more," said Simpson. "You don't have a choice of don't stop, you're going to stop. There's no other choice. Stop the violence and that's the end of discussion."

Organizers say they plan to have the march every month.

Police have not made any arrest in Wednesday's killings.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Cedar Rapids Police.

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