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The group Mothers United Against Violence held a rally yesterday morning at Hartford City Hall to address the recent rash of homicides in the Capitol City. WNPR’s Ray Hardman reports.

Some 30 Community leaders, concerned citizens, and families of recent victims of violence in Hartford stood in a circle outside city hall to hear a series of speeches. The rally was in many ways a chance to vent frustration - not only about the six homicides in Hartford this month, but about the perceived lack of concern by both Mayor Eddie Perez, and Governor Jodi Rell. Speaker after speaker leveled their harshest criticism at citizens who refuse to go to the police when they have witnessed a violent crime.

Reverend Henry Brown is the founder of mothers united against violence.

Mary Jones lost her son Edward Duey Haslam in an apparent robbery on October 3rd. She says the police have no leads, and no one has come forward with information that could lead to an arrest. The recent homicides come in the wake of a Hartford police memo that says  the city is suffering from a "gang infestation," with more than 138 street gangs and 4,000 members, including 800 under age 17.

Mothers United Against Violence has vowed to rally every week in front of city hall until more is done by the city and state to curb violence in Hartford.

For WNPR, I’m Ray Hardman.