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“It’s definitely not about taking away people’s guns, it’s about opposing the violence, that’s all,” said Minus, who was holding a sign that read “love conquers all.”
“We just need to stop the shooting… we’re just bringing attention to this,” she said.
The rallies come as Cocoa police investigate the shooting death of Albury early Saturday. Albury and his family had been planning to move out of Cocoa, his mother said.
The shooting happened in the area near Azalea Lane and Fiske Boulevard just after 1 a.M. In the last week, three people were shot and wounded in the county area west of Cocoa and another critically wounded in a separate incident just north of the city.
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Hearn called for communities, young adults, and elected officials to focus on changing youth culture and reducing violence. He said residents were exhausted with reports of shootings across Brevard and the rattle of gunfire during drive-bys.
That means building on outreach programs already offered by Cocoa police and the city and broadening the reach, Hearn pointed out.
“This was basically an olive branch to several different groups. There were Republicans, Democrats, Blacks, whites, young and old. We’ll work together to do what we have to,” Hearn said.
“We have to have change. We have to do more.”