Bronx residents angered over the shooting deaths of two teenagers last weekend gathered Saturday to call for an end to violence in their community.
The families of Quanisha Wright and Marvin Wiggins joined the Citizens Activist Network and the Stop the Violence Coalition for a rally in Claremont Park.
"We feel that the violence in our communities is getting too bad. We feel that we really need to do something. We need to let the community know that we have to do something about it and we also have to have the political landscape change where they actually participate in trying to have programs and things available to the youth, so that this senseless violence in the community stops," said Ernesto Maldonado of the Citizens Activist Network.
"These neighborhoods are no longer safe. There's too many guns on the street. And I'm out here with a bleeding heart for my son, hoping that nothing like this will ever happen to another child," said Wiggins' mother, Andrea Wiggins.
Wright and Wiggins were shot and killed last Sunday morning in the lobby of an apartment building in Mount Hope.
Robert Mitchell, 24, and Dexter Green, 20, were both arrested and charged with murder.