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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A group of families who have all lost loved ones to homicide kicked off National Crime Victim's Rights Week on Sunday. A procession made its way from the KCPD East Patrol Division to 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue. Activist group Kansas City Mothers in Charge organized the event.

"This is an effort that we have control over," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker who was at Sunday's event. "We don't have to be known as a city with a high violence rate."

Kansas City police officers escorted the large group of cars to 63rd and Prospect, where they held a balloon release and a prayer vigil.

"We are going to keep on coming out here and working with the police department," said Rosilyn Temple, with Mothers in Charge. "They are not killing our children, it's us. And most of it is black-on-black homicides. I am going to tell it the way it is."

Michelle Metje, whose son was killed in Independence in 2013, came out for the procession. Corey Laykovich was just 22 years old when he was killed.

"He was silly, he was a jokester, but he was also one of the most giving people I have ever known," his mother told FOX 4.

National Crime Victim's Rights Week will continue through next weekend.