Rochester, N.Y. -- Friday night, a large crowd gathered at the site of the city's most recent homicide.
James Florence, 24, was gunned down on Carl Street around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. His death marks the 20th homicide in the City of Rochester this year and the eigth this month.
The vigil was organized by Pastor Britt Pledger, who leads the Stop Kill'n Start Chill'n movement. He says too many young people in the city are dying.
"The violence is not getting any less. It's getting worse and worse. And week after week after week we're here having prayer vigils. More candles, more t-shirts, more balloons are being sold than ever," he said.
Despite vigils like this one, Pledger said it's clear the anti-violence message isn't sinking in.
Rochester Police plan to increase patrols over the next several days in response to the recent violence.
They continue to investigate Florence's death.
Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 423-9300.