Memphians push teens to 'Silence the Violence'

Memphians push teens to 'Silence the Violence'
19-year-old Cameron was shot and killed in October. (Source: Family)
19-year-old Cameron was shot and killed in October. (Source: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Gun violence has filled the streets of Memphis in 2016.

One Whitehaven mother has seen enough. After her teenaged son was shot and killed last year, she has a message to stop the bullets.

"Whatever the reason, people draw a gun and I wish they would realize anger is temporary and death is permanent," Stacie Payne said.

Payne held a Silence the Violence rally to push for justice for her 19-year-old son Cameron.

Cameron was shot in October at Tennessee State. His murder is still unsolved.

"That's scary to me, hearing people that young are engaging in that type of violence," Payne said. "It's definitely horrible."

All this happened after a teen was shot by another teen in Whitehaven. He is still in critical condition.

"I don't know what we can do to get the hang of it, but we have to get control of what's going on," one Whitehaven resident said.

The teen is in police custody, but neighbors still have many unanswered questions about why teens are getting guns.

"Where are these children getting the guns from?" a Whitehaven resident asked. "There has to be some adults involved. Children don't make guns. Children can't go buy guns, so there's some adults involved. If that's the way we want to destroy our young people, we need to take another look."

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