Activists impacted by Philly gun violence make sure their voice is heard

"This gun violence happens 24 hours a day, so us being out here is no different," activist Jamal Johnson said.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- As the Philadelphia Eagles game let out in South Philadelphia Thursday night, activists took to the streets in North Philadelphia for a "wake-up call."

People personally impacted by gun violence marched up Lehigh Avenue, from 22nd to 29th streets, to make sure their message was heard.

"It's time to come together as a people" could be heard booming out of speakers inside a box truck as it drove through the city streets.

"This gun violence happens 24 hours a day, so us being out here is no different than the gun violence that happens in our communities," activist Jamal Johnson told Action News.

A man in his 20s died in a double shooting in Hunting Park just hours earlier.

It happened on the 1600 block of West Lycoming Avenue at 8:30 p.m.

The second victim is in stable condition.

Philadelphia has recorded 433 homicides to date.

The city just awarded more than $2-million in grants to anti-violence programs aimed at mentorship, housing assistance and job training.

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