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Burgreen to Join March Today to Protest Gang Shooting

San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen is scheduled to join members of the Urban League of San Diego in a march from Market and 42nd streets today to the Mt. Hope Cemetery at 10 a.m. in protest of a Jan. 3 gang-related shooting death, police spokesman Dave Cohen said Friday.

Carlos Morales, 29, was found shot in an alley. Police say he was a Long Beach gang member, but he lived in San Diego.

The march is an effort to call attention to gang-related crimes committed in San Diego, said Leah Goodwin-Carter, an executive assistant at the Urban League. The Urban League and Burgreen pledged Nov. 5 to march the Saturday after any gang-related death.

“We are protesting gang-related shootings,” said Goodwin-Carter. “We’re saying, ‘Let’s put an end to fear this year.’ We can’t stop gangs by marching, but we can say we don’t approve.”

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The Urban League has marched four times since November. An average of 300 people have turned out for each of the marches, Goodwin-Carter said.


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