Reverend Al Sharpton held a Father's Day weekend rally focusing on eliminating violence here in the city.
Sharpton was joined by families who have lost children from acts of violence, including the parents of Prince Joshua "P.J." Avitto.
Sharpton says holidays serve as painful reminders for parents who have lost children.
"That six and seven-year-old kids cannot get in the elevator in the building they live and be safe ought to be something that outrages all of us. We wanted on Father's Day to say to his father and his mother that we are with them and we are going to stand with them," Sharpton said.
"My heart is really, really broken and I'm devastated beyond words. And I just want to say I appreciate the support," said Nicholas Avitto, P.J.'s father.
Sharpton says his group is establishing a scholarship in P.J.'s honor.