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Durham Neighborhood Fights Violence

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DURHAM — Durham neighbors are moving to fight violence a week after a bullet struck 5-year-old Tiquan Mikell. He was walking along a city street with his mother when the gunfire erupted. Neither of them was the intended victim.

The boy was shot near Few Gardens. He has survived, but may be paralyzed. Because of its dangerous location, the bullet has been left in his body.

Members of an organization called Stop the Violence are turning their attention to the Bull City. They held a rally at the Fayetteville Street apartments yesterday.

Turnout was low and organizers worry a lot of people aren't listening.

One organizer said, "People will disagree with me. They say they are outraged, but where are you? Where are you?

Residents who did show up say the message needs to be heard.

Stop the Violence has events scheduled in Durham throughout the summer. They'll be in Few Gardens again on July 3.


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