Monday, December 31, 2007

"This is senseless": Prayers to end the violence

About 60 people attended Sunday's prayer vigil in front of 89 Lefferts Place, a few steps from the place two teens were murdered last week. Rev. Clinton Miller of Brown Memorial Baptist Church is at the microphone; behind him is Michelle Grant, the mother of 19-year-old Robert Grant, one of the victims. (Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, which were taken on my cell phone).

"My son was a good young man. He walked in faith," Ms. Grant said. "This is senseless. We all have to heal from this."

State Sen. Eric Adams -- who as an ex-cop once worked in the 88th Precinct, where the murders occurred -- challenged community members to get more involved in public safety efforts. "We're not going to win back our community sitting on the couch with a remote control in our hand," he said. "Men must return to the streets and assure the safety of their community."

Councilwoman Letitia James and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries also addressed the crowd, as well as Aminisha Black, a block association leader who raised 7 children on Lefferts Place.

Below is a short clip of Jeffries speaking.

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