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Musicians compose message to end violence

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Charity Hooper's daughter, Angel, died almost two years ago this month in a gas station shooting. (KCTV5) Charity Hooper's daughter, Angel, died almost two years ago this month in a gas station shooting. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

First Fridays at 18th and Vine are intended to bring people together in Kansas City's jazz district.

On the first Friday of October, the crowd was uniting in support of families who have lost children to gun violence and to stand against a common enemy that is killing their kids.

Each balloon represented a life -- a child murdered by guns -- like Charity Hooper's daughter. “They snatched my baby from me,” she said. 

Hooper is telling her story to Kansas City and working with local leaders to curb violent crime in the metro.

“We have to remember the victims, because it may not be our family today, but it may be our family tomorrow,” said Randy Dunn.

Hooper brought her message to the jazz district, where local musicians got involved because they want to spread the same message: “Stop the killing.”

“We're letting families know we care,” said Joey Thomas with the Know Joey Foundation. “We're here to do our part and make our voices heard.”

Other mothers of children who died from gun violence were there, too.

Their message echoes through the streets and to the skies, so Kansas City can keep children like Hooper's in its mind.

“I don't want anyone to forget” said Hooper. “I want everyone to remember my daughter's name.”

Hooper's daughter, Angel, died almost two years ago this month in a gas station shooting.

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