Mads Dads is working to keep more children with their mothers with the No Murders in May parade.

Today the non-profit urged neighbors and business owners to parade down Myrtle Avenue, one of the most dangerous roads in Jacksonville to promote non-violence and unity. “As we head into the week of Mother’s Day, we want our mothers to be recognized and celebrated by their children, not crying and burying them due to violence,” said Donald Foy, President of Jacksonville’s Mad Dads Chapter.

According to Jacksonville’s homicide tracker, there have been 44 murders and homicides so far this year. This time last year, there were 40 murders homicides in Jacksonville.

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Foy also says it is time for the community to step up and break the code of silence, so that mothers who have their children to gun violence can get some closure.

Foy said, “I am calling anyone who lives on the north side of Jacksonville to stand with me. Violence is the number one issue plaguing our city and it is time to put an end to it.” Foy says he welcomes anyone who wants to be a part of the solution to join Mad Dads in marches, parades any in any other way to curb the city’s violence.