CANARSIE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Members of one Brooklyn community gathered to speak out against gun violence and call for stronger anti-violence initiatives in the city.
It comes after the recent killings of two people in their neighborhood in Canarsie and amid a particularly violent weekend in the five boroughs.
The demonstrators say on January 17th, 40-year-old Billy Jean Hippolyte succumbed to his injuries after being shot on 83rd Street.
And last Monday they say 20-year-old Ethen Flowers was fatally shot just a few blocks away on East 79th Street.
Both of these shootings occurred just weeks apart.
The protesters are demanding a commitment from Mayor Eric Adams to develop a fully funded anti-gun violence site in Canarsie.
They say similar programs in other parts of New York City have contributed to an average of 40% reduction in shootings in those places.
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