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Kissimmee City Commissioner hosts vigil memorializing victims of gun violence

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kissimmee residents joined City Commissioner Janette Martinez Monday evening for a vigil to remember the victims of gun violence.

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Martinez didn’t identify a specific shooting incident that motivated the event.

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She was joined by other city and state leaders outside the Osceola County courthouse where they discussed ways to reduce gun violence by enriching young people- and ultimately the future of the community- through opportunities like sports organizations and mental health programs in schools.

Martinez also urged the community to speak up anytime they see something suspicious.

“We do not have to wait until there is a body on the ground to call,” Martinez said during Monday’s vigil. “If you see a suspicious vehicle, you can call KPD…let’s not wait. Let’s stop being quiet.”

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Representatives from the police department were also present at the vigil to discuss crime prevention resources that are available, like Community Watch programs.

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