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Anti-Gun March, Rally Held In Harlem Sunday

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Anti-gun rally in Harlem (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

Anti-gun rally in Harlem (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Demonstrators held an anti-gun march and rally in Harlem Sunday.

Cardida Wilkerson held a sign with pictures of her brother Chino who was murdered by someone he didn’t even know four months ago.

“My brother was out with his friends and the guy just came up to him and just shot him. Just picked a fight with him and shot him,” she told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Jackie Hilly from the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence group says New Yorkers, especially children, are victims of senseless violence like the victims shot last year in Tucson, Arizona. She says federal laws need to be changed.

“We need to make sure that there’s a background check conducted on every sale of every gun so that the guns don’t fall into the wrong hands,” she said.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy says as the country remembers what happened to her colleague in Tucson, she remembers what it was like to lose her husband to a senseless shooting on the Long Island Railroad almost 20 years ago.

Her son was also on the train, but survived.

“My son was shot in the head, and the struggle for years and years to be able to learn how to walk, to learn how to talk, took everything in his being to be able to do it,” she said.

Iesha Sekou from Street Corner Resources is a community leader who says she’s tired of seeing the children in her neighborhood die at the hands of violence.

“Every other day, a child is dying at the hands of an illegal gun,” she said.

The “Too Many Victims” event was hosted by the National Action Network and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. It began at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building at 163 W. 125th St., and continued to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Blvd.

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