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NAACP President Rev. Saharra Bledsoe speaks at Thursday's rally.

Fort Wayne NAACP wants violence to stop

FORT WAYNE – Members of the NAACP's Fort Wayne/Allen County chapter called for an end to violence Thursday.

Last weekend, four separate shootings killed two men and left two others in critical condition, and on Wednesday, a teen was gunned down in an alley just east of downtown. Dozens of people gathered downtown Thursday to call for an end to the killings.

"We aren't just sick and tired, we are fed up," said NAACP President Rev. Saharra Bledsoe. "We want it to stop."

Bledsoe begged the people involved – most of the shootings have been gang-related, police say – to change their lives.

"Instead of picking up a gun, pick up a book," she said. "Come to church. There are people here that care about you."

The NAACP is planning a march against violence for April 27.

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