Miami hunger strike over gun violence

Posted at 3:37 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 15:39:18-04

MIAMI-- Wednesday marks day five of a hunger strike by several men who are frustrated by the high levels of gun violence in their Miami neighborhoods.

Nine men from the Circle of Brotherhood have gone on the hunger strike to send a message and word of their mission is spreading.

Peggy Merizier pulled over when she saw what they were doing. Her son was murdered three years ago. "Stop the killing, stop the killing," she said.

Faces of gun violence line a fence near the men and are a constant reminder of why they are making the sacrifice of giving up food and only drinking water.

"We see the real tangible effects of what we're doing today when we see a grieving mother around the corner who thinks nobody cares, that came in here and was able to release some of that pain that she carries," said Phillip Muhammad Tavernier with the Circle of Brotherhood.

The men hope to raise international awareness about gun violence. Law enforcement officials also showed up to show their support, according to NBC 6.