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Youth convention helps Killeen families who have lost young people to violence

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 21:24:09-04

KILLEEN, TX — Killeen Police report, crime decreased by 49 percent in Killeen from 2017 to 2018. Some who live there say, that while the statistic is great, there is still work to be done.

That is what the No More Violence Youth Convention is all about.

No More Violence Organization, a Dallas-Fort Worth based non-profit organization, supports families who have lost young people to acts of violence. The team helps families who have lost loved ones to suicide, bullying, domestic violence, gun violence and more.

Each year, the organization hosts the No More Violence Youth Convention, and for the second year in a row, they have partnered with City of Killeen community leaders to host the event.

"What's happening today, what you'll have is called the 'My Voice Counts Dialogue Youth Forum' where the young people come together and they will share how they feel. Some of our young people have experienced the trauma of losing someone. They have witnessed the violence," said Patricia Allen, founder of No More Violence Organization

Friday evening at 7 p.m., the organization will host a service honoring families who have lost loved ones to acts of violence. And the convention will continue Saturday at 10 a.m. with a series of violence awareness workshops at the Killeen Community Center.