- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Residents are calling for an end to violence in a Birmingham neighborhood where three people were found slain by gunshots earlier this week.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1EgWrXI ) residents of the Smithfield neighborhood and people from surrounding communities in Birmingham wore purple and white ribbons during a candlelight vigil Thursday night organized by the group Mothers Who Want the Violence to Stop.

Birmingham police say 35-year-old Willie Washington was found dead in a home early Monday along with Korde Turner and Johnny Griffin, both 24. Authorities say all three victims appear to have been asleep or caught off-guard when they were killed. No arrests have been made.

Mayor William Bell attended the vigil Thursday and called for a halt to crime and violence.


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