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Will peace ever return to Liberty Citys streets?

caines | 2/14/2013, 4:30 a.m.

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In the recent gun buyback program, the City of Miami Police Department collected over 400 guns. The next initiative, according to spokesperson Pat Santangelo, will be gun locks. Speeches and marches dont work it takes people coming out like this to show criminals that theyve had enough and want their communities back, he said. We have a lot of resources at our disposal but we need people to call us when they witness any illegal actions, said Major Gary Jeanniton, M-D Police Dept., Northside District. We are committed to reducing crime but we need everyones help. People can call 471-TIPS if they want to remain anonymous and they can get a reward. Entrepreneur Ray Parris, 40, works with young children as part of Parafruit Education, along the same block that the activists say they have taken back. His father was a victim of gun violence but he says he is committed because someone cared about him. Ive been helping kids learn about computers and art and other hands-on skills because when I was in school and not sure what I was going to do, someone took time with me, he said. They changed the direction of my life. We have kids from Liberty City, Miami Gardens and Miramar. They all have dreams. But they have to live to see them come true. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com