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“One homicide is one homicide too many.” – St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

Following spike in murders, Rick Kriseman to march against gun violence” — Headline,

“Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” – Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814 — 1880)

“The demonstration is following six shooting deaths in St. Pete over the past six weeks.” –

Just this week alone, 17-year old Tyler Lord was shot and killed in an alley behind his home. Two days earlier, 17-year old Gabriel Wallace was gunned down. The shootings were only a few blocks away from each other.”

“The closed door and the sealed lips are prerequisites to tyranny.” – Frank L. Stanton (1857 — 1927)


“We have to talk. We have to communicate. We have to be willing to help each other […] When you see something that isn’t right, you’ve got to speak out about it. If you don’t, it’s going to happen again.” – Kriseman

snitch noun \ˈsnich\ — a person who tells someone in authority (such as the police or a teacher) about something wrong that someone has done : someone who snitches

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 — 1968)

“And it isn’t just South St. Pete and North St. Pete, it’s all of St. Pete that are going to say stop. It’s all of St. Pete that is going to come together. Because it can’t just be one area of the city. It can’t just be one group. It can’t just be City Hall. It can’t just be our police department. It has to be the entire community speaking together in one voice.” – Kriseman

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” – Winston Churchill (1874 — 1965)

“Part of our challenge is guns […] In Tallahassee, they’ve passed laws that say that if we on the local level — whether its the city or the county — try and do something about guns, they’e going to fine us and criminally prosecute us […] But that’s not going to stop us. Because we’re going to look for other solutions to get guns off the streets.” – Kriseman

“In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856 — 1950)

“I made some bad decisions in my life when I was 15 and 16 years old and spent over 25 years of my life in prison. You don’t just hurt yourself. You hurt your family, your victim’s family […] You lose out on every dream, every opportunity that life has afforded you.” – South St. Pete community activist, Eddie Pelham

“Resolve and thou art free.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 — 1882)

“To the men of our community: it’s time to stand-up […] We need mentors in our city […] we need good men, upstanding men, to teach our [boys] how to be men.” – Pelham

“We must all lift together and pull together.” – Henry Ford (1863 — 1947)

“It doesn’t end today, it begins today. Enough is enough.” – Kriseman

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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