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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A double homicide in North Little Rock on Monday afternoon raised the city's homicide total to 12 for the year. In eight months, that's already surpassed last year's total of 10.

The community has come together saying something needs to happen now.

"Stop. Put them guns down," said mother Joan Winston. "Put them down."

Winston lost her son Tupac Monday in the double homicide on 18th and Pike. He and the gunman both fatally shot each other.

"He's got an old school Cadillac," she said remembering one of her last interactions with Tupac. "We pulled it up into the front yard because we thought he was coming home, and he didn't come home. And I've been waiting on him all night to come home, and he didn't come home yet. So I'm still waiting."

But Joan isn't alone in being angry about it.

"Everyone is just fed up because enough is enough," said local community member Jerome Smith. "It's not a moment, it's a movement. And in order for it to be a movement you have to have action behind it."

Four weeks ago Jerome Smith started a North Little Rock Stop the Violence movement.

It was an initial response to the death of Aaron Crawford, the 18-year-old shot and killed at an ATM on East Washington in July.

The group has now grown to more than 3,500 members.

"We have to put more action into planning and play versus more lip service so to speak," he continued.

Smith is pushing for more people to join, and to be active and take charge of a problem that he says is littering his neighborhoods.

Joan is as well. Hoping the memory of her son lives on as a lesson to those listening

"Why [are] we killing?" she said emphatically. "Why [are] we killing we're not in the army. Why [are] we killing?"

Stop the Violence has ten events coming up in the next month. They are as follows:

8/08: Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Back to School Bash- Jacksonville 9am-11am.

8/08: 8th Street Missionary Baptist Church Back to School Bash- North Little Rock 12pm-2pm.

8/08: Annual Dixie Day- North Little Rock 4pm-6pm.

8/09: Grace Temple No Fear It Stops Here- 3pm.

8/14: Peace Walk- North Little Rock High School 6pm.

8/14: Splash with Second Baptist Church- Wild River Country 7pm-Midnight.

8/15: Rose City Community Church of Christ Back to School Bash- NLR Academy 9am-2pm.

8/29: Peace March- Downtown Little Rock- TBD

9/27: Civil Rights Summit- Little Rock 10am-3pm. Location TBD

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