Canada Thousands rally against gang violence in Surrey after teens' deaths

10:31  14 june  2018
10:31  14 june  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Thousands filled the plaza outside of Surrey City Hall to rally against gang violence in the B.C. city on Wednesday. The "Wake Up" rally was organized after two teenagers were killed in a targeted shooting in the Campbell Heights neighbourhood.

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a large crowd of people: Organizers estimated that 3,000 people came to the © Meera Bains/CBC Organizers estimated that 3,000 people came to the "Wake Up" rally against gang violence in Surrey, B.C. on Thursday evening.

Thousands filled the plaza outside of Surrey City Hall to rally against gang violence in the B.C. city on Wednesday.

The "Wake Up" rally was organized after two teenagers were killed in a targeted shooting in the Campbell Heights neighbourhood.

Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty, 16, and Jaskaran (Jesse) Singh Bhangal, 17, were found dead on a section of 188 Street near 40 Avenue on June 4.

Police are still investigating their deaths.

a couple of guys posing for a photo: Jaskarn Singh Jhutty, 16, and Jaskaran Singh Bhangal, 17, both residents of Surrey, were the victims of homicide on June 4.© IHIT Jaskarn Singh Jhutty, 16, and Jaskaran Singh Bhangal, 17, both residents of Surrey, were the victims of homicide on June 4.

Parents and community leaders at Wednesday's rally said more needs to be done to prevent further tragedies.

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A rally against gang violence in Surrey that comes a week after two teens were killed in what police called a targeted shooting has attracted over 1,000 people near city hall. The gathering at 13450 104 Ave. follows the discovery of 16-year-old Jason Jhutty and 17-year-old Jesse Bhangal

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Gurpreet Singh Sahota, who organized the event, said the city has had enough.

"The deaths of two kids ... it's outrageous," he said. "The community is very upset and that's what motivated us to do this."

a man wearing a suit and tie: Gurpreet Singh Sahota helped organize Thursday's rally. He said the community is still in shock after two teenagers were shot and killed earlier this month.© Dillon Hodgin/CBC Gurpreet Singh Sahota helped organize Thursday's rally. He said the community is still in shock after two teenagers were shot and killed earlier this month.

Members of the South Asian media, including AM 1550's Harjit Singh Gill, also helped host the rally.

Gill said talking about gang violence has been an everyday reality for years.

"Every day, we talk about it," he said. "And still nothing has happened."

"We looked at those kids and we thought, 16 and 17? Come on. So we had to plan something."

Family speaks

Jhutty and Bhangal's grieving family members spoke at the rally. They took the stage wearing T-shirts with the victims' faces printed on the front.

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"We've lost our son," said Mandeep Bhangal, Jesse's aunt. "He had a bright future."

"Our community needs to wake up. It's only Surrey — nowhere else."

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth was also in the crowd, as were other local politicians.

Rally organizers gathered signatures for a petition asking the government for illegal drugs to be regulated, licensed and sold in shops.

They also handed out flyers — in Punjabi and English — with tips for parents on how to keep their children away from gangs.

Organizers said they hope to form a committee to meet with local politicians, including the mayor of Surrey and the head of the city's police force, to get regular updates on gang violence prevention.

With files from Meera Bains

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