Anti-violence activists rally to call attention to crime wave that?s gripped Newark

Anti-violence activists rallied at City Hall in Newark Thursday to try to call attention to the crime wave that has gripped the city.

Police say four execution-style murders occurred during Thanksgiving weekend. They say another four people were shot and killed Tuesday. Police say all of the suspects and most of the victims in Tuesdays murders appear to have gang ties.

While police investigate the recent murders, makeshift memorials were set up at several of the murder scenes. The Peoples Organization for Progress rallied to get the message out to the community about what they call an epidemic of violence. One member of the group, Darrell Graham, says several organizations are pooling together their resources to educate the community about the violence.

Graham says the organization has planned a vigil for Friday at 6 p.m. on the corners of Ludlow and Dayton streets.

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