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Community leaders launch a campaign for peace

SPOKANE, Wash. - 22225216

Enough is enough - that's the message from a group of community members fed up with violence.

The "Don't Shoot" campaign recently got started as a way to change the culture of Spokane.

 The campaign was created earlier this summer by Vitamin J. On June 12th, his best friend, Fabian McBride, was killed in a drive-by shooting in north Spokane but this tragedy forced Vitamin J to turn his life around.

"I've decided that I got to throw in the towel and pull someone out of the darkness instead of standing in it," Vitamin J said.

 That's why he started the campaign aimed at curbing gun violence in Spokane.

"This whole movement is so that we can get better touch with the younger generation and bridge the gap and also bridge the gap between law enforcement," Vitamin J said.

 The campaign brings together the community with law enforcement and faith based leaders. On Tuesday night, they held their fourth meeting.

"You can't do it alone, we can't do alone, we have to do this united and that's why we're here," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.

 On Saturday the group will hold its first big event, a march through the Spokane streets called a March Against Violence.

 "I think it's really a great thing the community is going to see Saturday," Knezovich said.

 Vitamin J is ready to make a statement on Saturday in honor of his best friend.

"It's really inspiring. I feel like the bar has been rolling, great things are happening," Vitamin J said.