Anti-gun violence organizations hold family skate event

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Frigid temperatures didn’t deter anti-gun violence organizations from lacing up and participating in a family skate event Saturday.

People of all ages participated in the event in Bed-Stuy to celebrate life, honor those who have been lost to gun violence and to start off the New Year raising awareness for the cause.

“We want to kick off the New Year with a slogan right here, ‘stop gun violence,’” said David Gaskin, founder of Brooklyn Rise Against Violent Encounters. “We want to reduce the gun violence, the amount of shootings and killings inside our neighborhood.”

News 12 Brooklyn is told proceeds from the event will go to anti-gun violence efforts.

"We are trying to change the norms and let them know that the violence out there is not normal," said Rudy Suggs, of Save Our Streets. "We have a place right here you can come to to do something different than being violent, and there are ways you could come out and get support from trauma."

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