CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The four homicides this week continue a deadly trend. One of the 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."
Gilmore celebrated the opening of his new funeral home on West Sugar Creek. 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 he will be rewarding one person with a free $5,000 funeral.
"Death is going to happen but what we are doing, the senseless killing has got to stop. We want people to die a normal death and not die prematurely."
Mayor Vi Lyles was in attendance and talked about the city's homicides and added the strain these killings have had on the city have been affecting her, too.
"Everyday 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."
The mayor and those in attendance believe the best way to combat the city's violence is trying to fight it together.
"That we can come together and we don't have to fight each other. it's a better way. We need to make sure our families have the resources they need so they can prevent this from happening. This is a job not just for police, it's a job for every citizen in our community."
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