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

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be holding a march against gun violence on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Things will start-off at the police station, 1300 First Ave. N, and finish at the “Love Your Neighborhood” mural, at 22nd Street and First Avenue S.

Citizens are encouraged to join.

The demonstration is following six shooting deaths in South St. Pete over the past six weeks. The most recent was Thursday morning, when a 17-year-old was killed on the 1800 block of 16th Street S — the second deadly shooting in that neighborhood in just three days.

As was first reported by wtsp.com, many community members around the area attribute the lack of arrests — and resulting crime spike — to individuals in the know not wanting to divulge any information they’re privy to.

Simply put, people don’t want to be known as snitches.

Wavering trust in American police forces nationwide probably doesn’t help much either.

Kriseman is expected to make a short speech on the topic at the march’s conclusion Friday night.

Check out the event’s page here.

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

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