The four homicides this week continues a deadly trend in the Queen City.
One of those people joining the fight to curb the violence is someone you may not expect, funeral director Henry Gilmore.
"This came about because I was looking at the killing in the city of Charlotte. It's outrageous and it has to stop," said Henry GIlmore, owner of Gilmore Mortuary Services.
Gilmore celebrated the opening of his new funeral home on West Sugar Creek in North Charlotte.
Although he's in the business of death, he wanted to bring awareness to the senseless gun violence in the city.
This year and each year after he will be rewarding one person a free $5,000 funeral.
"Death is going to happen, but what we are doing with the senseless killing has got to stop. We want people to die a normal death and not die prematurely," said Gilmore.
Mayor Vi Lyles was also in attendance and talked about the city's homicides. She added the strain these killings have had on the city have been affecting her too
"Every day that I hear the first report of the number of people that have been killed it is heartbreaking to me. It makes me want to work harder,"Lyles said.
The mayor and those in attendance believing that the best way to combat the city's violence is trying to fight it together.
"We need to make sure our families have the resources they need, so they can prevent this from happening this is a job just for police, it's a job for every citizen in our community," said Lyles.