JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson has reported 47 homicides for the year of 2021. With hopes to put a stop to the crime, a prayer vigil and balloon release was held Monday night at the Tougaloo Community Center.

Dozens of people who have been affected by gun violence in the city were in attendance. Whether it resulted in death or injury to their loved ones, all in attendance can agree that it has to stop. 

The family of Nathan McNair was present. They said McNair was shot not far from the Tougaloo Community Center a few weeks ago, and he is currently fighting for his life.

The message to the community from Jackson’s Ward 2 Councilwoman Angelique Lee was, “We have to step in, and we have to step up,” by being involved in the lives of the children. 

“We definitely can’t have any more of our children being killed, and we definitely can’t attend any more funerals” said Councilwoman Lee.

It has been six days since someone lost they life to gun violence in Jackson. The last homicide took place on Ridgewood Road.