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People march to "Take Back the Night" in South Bend


People marched through Downtown South Bend Thursday to "Take Back the Night."  The annual event aims to combat violence against women.

"Those who are taking these actions, they need to put their guns down.  We need a moral voice for our community," said Deputy Mayor Mark Neal.  "The people who know these people, to say you need to put down your guns."

The march comes in the shadow of another shooting death.  Wednesday's death of a 2-year-old marks the sixth murder in the city limits this year.  In addition, between January and March of this year, 25 rapes, 47 aggravated assaults, and 56 robberies have been reported in the city.

"It's clearly tragic when one adult or one young person kills another," said St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, "but to have a two-year-old child killed is senseless and unspeakable."

The event is sponsored by S.O.S. of the Family Justice Center.  South Bend Police and Metro Homicide publicly condemned recent violence in the city last month.

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