CBS Los Angeles

SOUTH LOSANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  After a weekend involving 13 shootings, some of them deadly, community leaders, clergy and residents of South Los Angeles on Friday called for city leaders to end the violence.

A group of concerned citizens asked leaders to invest more resources into the community, come up with crime prevention and outreach for at-risk youth and adults.

The citizens met at 97th and Normandie, the site two weeks ago where Brian Renee Perry was gunned down outside a liquor store.

Perry’s brother, Tony Perry, was one of many speakers.

“It’s been quite difficult,” he said, “because he was my baby brother.”

Another woman captured the sense of how beleaguered the community feels.

“We’re living in a war zone,” said Olivia Barbour. “I was in the military, and I never saw this much action.”

Two victims of the recent violence: a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old.

Greg Mills reported…

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