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Winston-Salem rally planned to spread love to communities hit by gun violence

The sound of a drum echoed through Blum Park Sunday as kids scampered on playground equipment and music spilled from a nearby home.

One drumbeat for Michael Brian Westerberg, 40, killed on Jan. 18; another for Hubert Alexander Rivers, 28, gunned down a week later. On and on the drum sounded for the victims of homicide, including 18-year old Jaheim Davis, who was killed less than a mile from the park in July and 15-year-old William Miller Jr., fatally shot at Mount Tabor High School on Sept. 1. The final drumbeat sounded for Lacarnly Dixon Sr., 55, gunned down on Oct. 4.

Twenty-nine drumbeats in all, marking the number of homicides in Winston-Salem in 2021, already more than all of 2020.

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