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Friends and family of a stabbing victim joined the community for an anti-violence march in North Troy. Erin Vannella has more.

TROY, N.Y. -- Friends and family of Takim Smith joined the community for an anti-violence march through North Troy.

Smith was stabbed and killed earlier this week. Days later, friends and family joined together in Corliss Park, the same place Smith was stabbed. Their message? Senseless violence in Troy needs to end.

The group was led by Pastor Willie Bacote, who has since spoken out on the issue. Many living nearby came out of their apartments to join the movement.

Among those at the march were Smith's mother and the mother of his unborn child.

"My kid will be unborn with no father, he will never even smell her, hold her, feel her, she will never get a glimpse to see what her father even looked liked. So it's kind of hard, but I got his family's support and I got my family," Dymin Gambrell said.

"We're keeping the faith. We're gonna remain strong. We have to raise our children and keep them close, please, hold onto your babies, keep them close, that's what's we are gonna do," Roshana McArthur said.

So far, four teens have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the stabbing. Police say more arrests could be coming.

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