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Cedar Rapids Residents still pushing to end violence

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Residents in eastern Iowa's largest city gathered to fight crime in their neighborhoods.

It comes after Cedar Rapids has seen seven homicide cases, and multiple shootings just this year.

Last month, a group held a Stop the Violence march in the Wellington Heights neighborhood after the deaths of Quintrell Perkins and Sierrah Simmons.

Saturday's event was called Around the Block, where people who live inside and outside the Wellington Heights neighborhood gathered in Redmond Park.

"We just want to get this community together to say that we will have peace, with no violence. Everybody accepting one another," said Avery Cassell.

The group wants to help people living in the neighborhood by providing a safe and fun time at the park, especially for kids who live in the area.

Darek Coleman was born and raised in Wellington Heights and says the neighborhood is not the same.

He says now is the time to make their city safe again.

"I think we should do this stuff more often, there's a lot of violence in the neighborhood," said Coleman. "Me, I come from this neighborhood."

The group plans to hold several more events like this over the next few months.

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