CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Community activists observed Dr. Martin Luther King Day by calling an end to gun violence.
About 100 people rallied at Marion Square which is located a block away from Mother Emanuel AME church where nine members were shot to death last June.
The event was billed Gun Violence-America is killing the dream.
Community leaders, survivors, and family members of victims participated.
"Gun violence can be stopped tomorrow if we want it to," state Representative Wendell Gilliard told the crowd.
Victims killed by gun violence were honored. Their names were called one by one.
For some it was too much to handle. Monica Jefferson's son's name was called.
"It's still like a dream to me just to hear his name," Jefferson said. "As a mother you should not have to stand here and hear your son 's name being read as a victim to gun violence."