Anti-violence march in Brooklyn following fatal shooting of 1-year old

September 8, 2013 3:50:43 PM PDT
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, hundreds showed up for an anti-violence march that stretched through the streets of Brownsville. They marched through Central Brooklyn underneath the elevated subway tracks around public housing, past the curbside memorial one-year-old Antiq Hennis, who was shot in the head while his father pushed him in is stroller.

In a symbolic gesture, the crowd of preachers, elected officials and community leaders pushed through empty strollers. They held hands, said prayers and showed solidarity, hoping it would send a message to the community to end the violence.

"Our community cannot become a place where carriages become caskets for our children," said Senator Eric Adams.

Senator Adams led the charge, and called for residents to stand up against the epidemic of gun violence in Brooklyn and the other boroughs. Since May, 16 kids under the age of 16 have been shot in New York City

"Our commitment is not to the crypts and the bloods. It's to the commitment to the blood that runs through the veins of our children, and that's what we're saying in this community," adds Senator Adams.

The man who is accused of shooting and killing 16-month-old Antiq Hennis is being held without bail on a charge of second degree murder.

Police believe the boy's father was the intended target.