Families touched by gun violence rally in North Austin neighborhood

CHICAGO -- Community leaders held a rally in North Austin Saturday with families of victims of gun violence.

“To this day there has not been any justice. My family we can't sleep at night our lives have been changed, Sharita Galloway, mother of Elijah Sims, said.

Wednesday will mark one year since, Elijah Sims died the day before his 17th birthday and there have been no arrests in the shooting.

On Saturday, his mother stood with others who know her pain.

“Sometimes I don't even go to sleep at night because I miss that little boy, I loved him so much,” Michael Douglas, father of Davion Toney, said.

Douglas' son Davion was killed in June. And later that month, Bertha Purnell lost her son, Maurice. His baby girl will never know her dad.

“I need help. We need justice. Too many people are being killed and too many murders are going unsolved,” Purnell said.

The grieving families gathered with community leaders and two state representatives.

In the shadow of the Central Green Line Station in Austin, they took to the streets and marched through a community they know and love and want to be better.

They called for residents and police to work together to keep shooters from getting away with murder.

“We must stand together and come up with a solution that together we can work on,” State Rep. Camille Lilly, 78th District, said.

Organizers of the March For Peace said they are committed to creating positive change in the community.

And the families who have lost loved ones are hoping that witnesses will come forward to help solve their cases.