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Connecting Against Crime: Voices for Change

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)- It all started with a prayer. This close group asked God to use them to show the community that they want to see change.

A group of all ages walked up and down 15th Street picking up trash, talking with residents outside their homes and hoping to prove there's no need for violence.

"I don't like it," said Denia Davis. "I want to take Cedar Rapids back."

A mom who wants to help the next generation and knows all too well how a shooting can affect a neighborhood and a family.

"It really, really hit home when my niece was struck," Frankie Davis said. He organized the trash pickup.

Denia's daughter was a victim in a recent Iowa City shooting that spared her life but she is now paralyzed.

The Davis' are ready to end the violence in Cedar Rapids. They are willing to speak up until the shootings end.

"Together all the voices might just make a road that can bring about a venue for change," Frankie said.

A change he hopes to see in the near future.

The Davis' want the community to know that they need people to speak up about the shootings. They said that these cases aren't getting solved because no one is willing to speak.

They plan to have more trash pickups in the near future.

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