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Lompoc youth rally against violence in the community

Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 15:27:35-04

About two dozen Lompoc teens honored the lives of two people who were killed in March by holding a musical performance at Food Truck Friday.

At the event, kids wrote and performed original rap songs to memorialize the lives of two victims who died last month, as well as those affected by gang violence in the area.

The reverend leading the group hopes the reflection of youth can lead to change in the future.

“We need to be proactive and not reactive in our community and so that’s what we’re doing, so in that we can be young and we can have joy,” Reverend for in his hand ministries Eric de la Cruz said. “I may not be that young, but they’re that young still, and if we can just get together in that community and honor each other I believe that will start a change.”

The performance comes after two murders happened in Lompoc in a matter of three weeks in March.

One of those was the death of a 17-year-old girl who police say was “innocently killed” while babysitting.

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