Tampa march against violence this weekend

11/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Tomorrow morning in Tampa, the anti-crime group Advocates for Safer Communities plans to walk throughout the western section of Ybor City with information about unsolved murders in the area.

The group is led by Darla Saunders, whose 18-year-old son Isiah was shot and killed just hours after he left his house in February 2005.

Isiah’s assailants have never been caught.

The Advocates for Safer Communities website has links to stories about seven people - six black men and one black woman – who have been killed in Tampa; their killers were never apprehended.

The group says its quest is to keep these people alive through public education and outreach. The seven were teens or in their early 20’s when they were killed.

WMNF asked Darla Saunders how successful she is in canvassing the neighborhoods, when sometimes the culture of “snitching” is looked upon so unfavorably.

The group Advocates for Safer Communities meets once a month at the Children’s Board building in Ybor City. For more information, visit Advocates for Safer Communities.

Tomorrow’s march in Tampa will begin at 11 a.m. at the New Salem Baptist Church, 1605 N. Nebraska Ave.

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