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Grass Roots Organization has role in dropping homicide rate

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

CMPD this week reported 52 homicides last year for the city of Charlotte. That's three fewer than 2011.

Beyond the crime stats, and the numbers released on the police blotter, the 2012 book was a telling narrative for Judy Williams.

Each year, she chronicles the detailed facts behind the homicides involving our city's youngest victims.

"If we can get to people's minds and hearts, then we can make a difference," Williams said.

Williams feels vigils conducted by her group Mothers Of Murdered Offspring can offer insight into prevention.

"They get to see the mothers, "she said. "They get to see the brothers and the sisters, and the children, and they see what these actions are doing to families."

While the murder numbers are down, city officials credit initiatives such as those carried out by Momo for creating a dip in the numbers.

2012 also saw another outreach effort designed to reduce gun violence in Charlotte.

The community symposium was organized by local emergency room physician Dr. David Jacobs.

Praise for these community efforts comes from Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon. He heads the city's council's public safety committee.

Cannon said, "All of them coming together makes a true difference in the way we see in the way of crime going down relative to being homicides, whether it's robbery or aggravated assault."

While headline Judy Williams holds on today inspires hopes, she has a goal for the New Year.

"Next year it should be lower than this, and every year it should be going down," she said.

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