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Stop the Violence Peace Parade in Birmingham

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They're the families and friends scarred by the tragedies. the people whose lives have been changed forever.

Many community members also joined what's become an annual parade in Birmingham to support those who have lost love-ones to violence.

A father's anguish. Bobby Mason says "I live with it every day."

Shared with another father's pain. Clifford Tarver says, "Anyone that has gone through this, I wouldn't wish this on my own enemy."

A support system gathered around the families and friends of those lost to violence. Some victims were killed this year, some lives were taken years ago.

"My son was a very peaceful person." Clifford Tarver says the Stop the Violence Peace Parade was started in memory of his son Julian, a homicide victim in 2010.

With more than 40 homicides on record in Birmingham this year, Tarver hopes the event will drive this message. "I think it can make a difference. If we can instill the non-violent factor into young kids while at a young age. It will make a difference."

Wayne Thomas, a local teacher, also lost two friends to violence. He brought his son to the parade and believes change can start with the younger generation. "My mission is to fertilize today's youth with a different focus. We give them something else to look forward to and it takes away the violent thoughts and stuff.

Leading to a brighter future and safer communities. Those who set out to spark change hope their effort will keep more families from having to suffer the loss of a love-one.

Mason says, "Maybe they can stop the violence going on."

Some participants said they hope to form a non-profit organization that can help raise scholarships for children to better their future.

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