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Violence and summer in the city

Nayaba Arinde | 7/11/2013, 11:50 a.m. | Updated on 7/11/2013, 11:50 a.m.

On Tuesday, July 7, Robinson held a vigil in front of 472 Marcy Ave. He was joined by members of the Lopez family, the Marcy Houses Tenants Association and community residents as he conducted a peace and prayer rally “to renounce the senseless violence in the community.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned the fact that Sarwar brings the number of officers shot in the line of duty this year to six.

“When a young police officer is shot while on routine patrol on the Fourth of July, there is no clearer message that we need to continue to do everything we can to get guns off our streets,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Just before Tuesday night’s vigil at the Marcy Houses, Robinson said, “We as a community must come together to develop a solution to deal with this issue of violence. When our children can be shot in broad daylight while trying to enjoy the summer, there is a serious problem. This issue of violence in our communities must be placed on every legislative agenda, from the city to the state to the federal. With the citywide municipal elections approaching, every candidate running for mayor, public advocate, district attorney borough president and City Council should make anti-violence a priority on their agenda.”