ANTIOCH -- About 30 people attended an anti-violence rally Monday night in front of the home where a man was slain less than 24 hours earlier.
The rally began about 6 p.m. on the 1200 block of Sycamore Drive with participants standing along the road encouraging drivers to honk their car horns in solidarity against violence.
"Let's live in peace, not rest in peace," was among the chants repeated by Elonzia Perkins and others.
"We are a community. We need to stand for something before we fall for nothing," Perkins said.
Participants included area residents, members of community group Souljahs and Antioch Mayor Jim Davis.
Maurice Wagner, 30, was fatally wounded by a single gunshot outside of his home about 10:35 p.m. Sunday, police said.
"He didn't deserve that. He was somebody's son, somebody's brother, somebody's father," said Theresa Harris, who lost her son in a Richmond street shooting in 2005.
"This has got to stop," said Servilea Madison. "I have a 2-year-old that I don't want to go outside. I have a 16-year-old that I don't want to become a statistic.
"We have to fight for our community and for the kids. I refuse to give up."
The Sycamore Drive area is a corridor that has long been the backdrop of violence.
Ten days earlier, two men were shot at the Sycamore Plaza shopping center in an attack believed to involve illegal drugs, police said. Those wounds were not life-threatening.
"There's a whole lot of gunfire around here at night. It sounds like Vietnam," said the Rev. Nicolas Alexander of Do the Word Ministries, who organized the rally.
"We're just ... tired of it. We want peace in the streets."
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