Philly man protests gun violence by lying in coffin

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Philly man protests gun violence by lying in coffin. Watch this report from Action News at Noon on September 3, 2017. (WPVI)

A Philadelphia man is staging an unusual protest against gun violence.

Quadir Qualls of Nicetown says he is going to spend 40 days lying in a coffin.

Qualls started his protest on Saturday night at 16th Street and Lehigh Avenue.

He says it's in memory of his brother who was gunned down on a Philadelphia street 11 years ago, and for other victims of gun violence.

Qualls wants to drive home a point to the young people in the area.

"I'm going to be right here, just to let them know that before they make that decision to kill somebody, that they should think about the importance of living," he said.

Qualls is working with the Urban Response Center in North Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence in the city.

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