Durham community to gather Thursday night to call attention to violence in the city

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Dozens of people will gather Thursday night to call attention to the violence happening in the Durham community.

A vigil will be held to remember the 34 people killed last year.

While this year’s vigil focuses on 2018, 2019 is already shaping up to be another year with violent crimes.

Durham officials started the year by trying to get a grip on gun violence.

Three people died on the first night of 2019 in two separate shootings. By day 11, there were already six homicides across Durham. The violence prompted city and county leaders to hold a press conference where the mayor called for “common sense gun laws in the state.”

Months earlier in 2018, dozens died from violent crimes, including William Bishop, a Durham father police say was killed by his teenage son, and also Hong Zheng, a Durham restaurant owner gunned down at his home after he closed up his restaurant for the night and went home to see his family.

Organizers of tonight’s vigil want to draw attention to those crimes and figure out how to stop more from happening.

Meanwhile, police hope to build on last year’s progress when gun violence dropped 20 percent.

The 27th annual Vigil Against Violence will be held at 7 p.m. at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, located at 107 N. Driver St.

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