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More than 100 people took part in a peaceful walk in Washington, D.C., to protest against rampant gun crimes in the nation’s capital and called on officials to do more to end the violence. 

“We are tired of seeing what’s going on in our city. The youth truly don’t comprehend what love, care and respect really is,” one participant, Robert Wood, told 7 News of the protest held Thursday.

A group called “We are Mothers” organized the walk after the killing of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney last Friday. 

“This is as a direct result of conversations that I’ve had with communities. We want to see police officers out of the cars. We want to see police officers in the community. Well, here you have it,” Contee said.

The move comes after Black Lives Matter and liberal politicians across the nation called for police departments to be defunded last summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 

In D.C., the city council voted last July to slash police funding by $15 million, despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s objections, and put the department on a hiring freeze.

The nation’s capital has been struggling with an uptick in crime this year, most notably with carjackings skyrocketing by 74% this year. The city has also reported 106 homicides since January, compared to 105 during the same timeframe last year.

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