Mothers and supporters march against killings, violence

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – More than 500 mothers and their supporters sent a resounding message to the gunmen and killers who may seem to have taken taking over St. Louis: "This is OUR city."

The group called "Mothers Against Killing" marched from Fairgrounds Park to Rauschenbach Park in North St. Louis, Saturday.

They hosted a community fair there with food, “bounce houses” for kids, PLUS health screening and legal services for the grownups.

Most of all, the mothers exerted their power.

There is no one more fearless than a mother when it comes to her children.

Pastor Tommy Tucker/New Direction STL Word Fellowship: “This whole event was centered around mothers and the influence mothers have on the lives of men,” said Pastor Tommy Tucker of the New Direction STL Word Fellowship, who organized the event with his wife.

It was 7 months in the making.  Mothers responded to violence that has broken too many hearts and tarnished their city’s image for too long.

“Absolutely.  Hopefully one of those national guys that came in here and helped give us that shadow will also see this and say, ‘OK, maybe all St. Louis isn’t as bad as it looks’,” Tucker said.

Kecia Hamilton, whose son was murdered a little more than 10 weeks ago, moved away in her grief to Dallas, TX.

She drove back for the march.  St. Louis was still her town, she said.

Her son, Jacobi Taylor, 21, was shot to death in his car, June 4th, during a mid-afternoon robbery at Greer and Prairie in North St. Louis.  Taylor graduated high school in 2012 and was studying to become a music recording engineer.

“It is our town,” his mother said. “It’s going to take more of these (events) for us to come out.  We’re going to have to come out all the time.  I don’t reside here anymore but if I have to come here on a weekend basis I will do it.  I’m trying to get justice, not just for Jacobi but for everyone because this is just unheard of foolishness.”

Woe be unto those who would take a mother’s child.

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