Prominent families who've lost loved ones to gun violence urge change

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by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 8:41 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Two prominent St. Louis families are leading the fight against crime after losing their own loved ones to gun violence.

Tyrone Thompson, a former police officer, was killed during a robbery last year, and Patrice Thimes was caught in crossfire during a shootout in March.  Both were innocent victims.  Now their families are co-chairing the annual "Family Week" event.  That happens in August, but local leaders say now is the time to start talking about it.

"It takes people and action and momentum to make a difference," Lou Thimes, Jr., Patrice Thimes' brother, says.  "Things don't change, people do, and when people change, things change."

"People have to begin to pay attention to their own households because those kids are coming from somebody's household that's doing all this killing and everything that's out here," Betty Thompson, Tyrone Thompson's mother, says.

Family week works to involve neighbors while the non-profit Better Family Life is urging young people to put down the guns.

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