Milwaukee leaders hope to combat violence during Ceasefire Week

CREATED May 12, 2014

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MILWAUKEE --  An anti-violence initiative begins this week in Milwaukee.

Leaders hope to combat violent crimes in the city through an event called "Ceasefire Week."

Mayor Tom Barrett is asking people to put down their weapons. His call for action comes after another deadly day on the streets of Milwaukee, where two separate homicides happened.

There was a homicide at 28th Street and Kilbourn Avenue. Authorities performed CPR but weren't able to save the victim.

Over at Big C's Blues Lounge on 12th Street, another homicide. Police said the victim got into an argument with a suspect. The suspect left, grabbed a handgun, and shot the man.

Ceasefire Week is an extension of Barrett's annual Ceasefire Sabbath, where clergy and faith-based leaders are asked to deliver a message of peace during their services.

A community walk and gun buy-back are a few of the events on this week's agenda.