LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Nevada is bringing awareness to ongoing violence across the country with its second annual “Stop the Violence” Community March.

In its second year, the “Stop the Violence” March is about honoring the lives lost to senseless violence in the Clark County community.

Emily Dodd, the mother of Dewayne King Jr. who was murdered in 2020, gathered with community members for the march.

“I will continue to walk each and every year that I have to, not only for my son but for all the other families as well in support of them,” Dodd said.

Dodd and many others were holding up signs of lost loved ones subjected to what they say are senseless acts of violence.

“This year we have expanded and are working with the coroner’s department, metro, and victims of crime,” Ashley Jackson with Funeral Advocates of America, said. “It takes a lot to come and even address their loss. The fact that they are championing for their loved ones, it’s nothing but a beautiful thing.”

Wendy Ennis lost her son, JJ, to gun violence in 2020 and said marches like these help her with the healing process.

“It’s always nice to know that when something traumatic like this happens, you are not by yourself and I hope in the coming years that this march, gets bigger and bigger,” Ennis said.

For 2022, nine funeral homes across Clark County participated in the march. They slowly processed through the west Las Vegas valley with empty hearses while families carried poster-sized pictures of loved ones they lost to violence.

“It’s overwhelming in my heart, senseless violence,” Trintion Holmes, funeral home manager at Thomas and Jones Funeral Home, said.

According to LVMPD, murders across the valley are down by 10% however, from what some local funeral homes have seen, they say there is still more work to be done.

LVMPD also participated in Sunday’s march along with other local funeral homes including Giddens Memorial Chapel.