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Several hearses traveled about 8 miles through the streets of Durham as a harsh reminder of homicides not just in the Bull City, but across the country. Several hearses traveled about 8 miles through the streets of Durham as a harsh reminder of homicides not just in the Bull City, but across the country.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Funeral directors raised awareness about violence Monday in Durham with hearses.

As part of a national "Stop the Violence" campaign, several hearses traveled about 8 miles through the streets of Durham as a harsh reminder of homicides not just in the Bull City, but across the country.

"We need to do something about it as a community," said Anthony Worley, who is the 55th state president for the Funeral Directors and Morticians Associations.

Funeral directors from across the state participated in the elaborate demonstration with the goal of reminding people how short and precious life is. It's also part of their annual convention taking place in Durham.

"When people see an average funeral procession, it causes them to look," Worley said. "But when you see numerous hearses, something is going to spark and people are going to know what's going on and wonder what's happening."

There have been 10 homicides in Durham so far this year. After the procession, a prayer vigil was held at the CCB Plaza to remember the lives lost to unnecessary violence.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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