BELOIT (WIFR) -- It's been a violent year in Beloit with more murders already this year then there were last year but community leaders are trying to send a message to criminals by taking their streets back.
Ken Crawford considers himself a grill master but it's what he's grilling for today he hopes everyone in a the town he's called home for forty years with take home with them.
"Beloit used to be a real nice town and it's got out of order now," said Crawford. "We trying to pull everybody back together."
Hundreds of people from all backgrounds joined each other at the first ever Unity in the Community rally and block party against violence in Beloit. Keith stamper put this event together with the hopes of proving to criminals people aren't scared to take their streets back.
"We're working towards it and we have to start somewhere," said Stamper.
The rally was organized in response to whats been a more deadly year for the small city of Beloit. There have already been more murders in the city this year than all of last year. Organizers hope their message of peace will spread and plan to hold the rally again next year.