JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Wednesday, people joined together for a city-wide crime rally outside of the Jackson Police Department headquarters for families and friends who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

12 News was able to speak to those who came out to the rally.

Dozens of families, and friends, and city leaders stood begging the community to step up help put an end to gun violence in the city of Jackson. They said enough is enough.

Gun violence is plaguing the capital city with 80 homicides so far this year.

Family after family spoke about their brother, cousin, sister, mother, many holding back tears. Organizers said it is going to take the community to invoke real change.

James Davis, the chief of JPD, said, “But we must step up as a community, as the capital city of Jackson, we must step up and start policing our own and when we start that with prayer the spirit of God would hover over this city and soften the hearts of the people with bad intentions and God would answer the cry of those who are crying out to him that God would have mercy on our cities and our communities.”

A candlelight vigil and balloon release also took place in honor of those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Those who attend are asked to bring a photo of their loved ones and one spokesperson. All members of the community are encouraged to join.