Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - In response to recent violence in Syracuse, a group rallied Sunday at Kirk Park, encouraging parents to take responsibility for their kids.
It's a message close to Wroletta Clemons' heart. Her son's life was lost to violence and every time she sees another kid on the street, she's reminded of the tragedy.
Clemons said, "I lost my only child to, as they say, a drug deal gone bad. That was my life. That was my everything."
She shared her story at the rally, insisting that other parents step up and know what their children are up to so the violence can stop.
She said, "Parents have got to become accountable for what their kids do. They're just that, kids."
Among the violence in Syracuse that has ignited the issue, the beating death of James Gifford.
18-year-old Romeo Williams is accused of the death.
Williams has a lengthy criminal record and, according to people at the rally, is an example of the problem. "That older man who got killed died from a young boy's bad decision. For the one moment he did that, his lifetime is gone."
While Williams sits in prison, this group is working to keep other kids away from it, including a prosecutor from the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.
Assistant District Attorney Romana Lavalas said, "If they're not steered away from the streets, then they end up in the criminal justice system."
This message is something the group will continue to spread until they feel safe on the streets of Syracuse.