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Anti-violence rally in Raleigh aims to raise awareness about deadly gunfire

Posted November 17, 2019 11:53 p.m. EST
Updated November 17, 2019 11:55 p.m. EST

— One day before the funeral was scheduled for a recent victim of gun violence, relatives of the woman who was gunned down about a week ago held a stop the violence rally Sunday to call for an end to the senseless gun violence.

It has been slightly more than a week since Kim Holder died in a shooting on Nov. 8.

Kedrick Daquane Thomas, 27, of 645 King Parkway, has been charged with murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was being held without bond in the Wake County jail.

Stephon McQueen, 27, and Ivette Gonzalez Uriostegui, 28, charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the same case were taken into custody Friday in Texas.

On Sunday, Holder's family was surrounded by dozens of people at MLK Memorial Garden as demonstrators came forward to honor the lives of other recent murder victims in Raleigh.

Drivers on Road saw were exposed to signs and chanting from the slain woman's relatives.

"The violence has risen in our community," said Annaia McLean, a community organizer. "Our youth are afraid that they're not even going to be here for their own future."

Anaya Bizzell, 12, was one of those attending the anti-violence rally.

She said her peers should not have to worry about gun violence.

"Kids 12 and under shouldn't have to be worried about getting caught in the crossfire," Anaya said. "Or having other family member being killed."

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