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Harrisburg fathers, sons talk solutions to recent violence

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

It has been a violent year in Harrisburg.

So far, there have been 11 murders and dozens of shootings. But what can be done?

The community is coming together to talk about solutions.

On Sunday, inside the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, community leaders held a "Fathers and Sons Speak Out" forum.

"I'm tired of seeing young men laying on a stainless steel table at autopsy time," Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said.

A group of Harrisburg fathers and sons are tired, too. At the forum, speakers said the key to change is to stop acting out and start talking it out.

"There's alternatives to crime. There's alternatives to drugs. There's alternatives to the street," said Peter Green, the forum coordinator.

Chris Britton, Jr. believes in that message. He is a recent Harrisburg High School graduate who is on his way to the University of Connecticut to play football.

"Try your best to stay out of trouble. Some people like to follow other people. I think it's just best to stay in the house. Don't go out partying, drinking, smoking...that's not the route to go," Britton said.

Speakers said the forum is just the start of the solution.

"If people want a better community, they better go out and make it a community," said Hetrick.

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