BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Over 100 names of Birmingham homicide victims were read aloud Sunday afternoon to send a message: put the guns down.
Community Activist Harry “Traveling Shoes” Turner led the reading to remember the 110 people killed in Birmingham homicides from 2018, and 11 more people killed this year.
Turner said these homicides don’t just impact the victims, it impacts the entire city as well.
“There are people afraid to go out to eat with their families, people afraid to take their children out to fairs, carnivals, attractions that are here in this city, for fear that someone’s going to get to shooting and stray bullets are going to end up striking them,” said Turner.
In the 19 years he’s been reading victims’ names aloud, Turner said the numbers continue to grow.
He said the violence will stop when people speak up and turn to God.