Bessemer leaders are asking city to cease the violence

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Community groups in Bessemer are reacting to several recent killings in the city.

Rico Braxton was 23 years old and was one of four killings in Bessemer within weeks of one another.

He was shot three times after an argument.

Two groups, "We the People" and "Citizens for Change," are organizing a stop the violence march and rally in response to the killings.

There have been about eight murders this year, and Mayor Edward May says that's too many for his city.

"It may not be a lot but if you are one of these family members it's the worst in the world, said Mayor May. "It's something we all need to be concerned with."

I'm hoping out of this event we will get a heightened sense of pride in city, wake people back up." said Bryant Tolbert with "We the People Community Action Group.

Everyone is asked to come out to the "Stop the Violence Unity March and Rally." The mayor and police chief are among those speaking at the event.

It's Saturday morning at 10:00. Folks are being asked to meet at Bethel Baptist Church.