2 local groups take message to end gun violence to Richmond

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Two local groups take their message to end gun violence to the state capitol.

Members of the Blue Ridge Coalition Against Gun Violence and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America boarded a bus in Roanoke Monday morning.

The groups traveled to Richmond, where they attended the 24th Annual Vigil and Advocacy Day to End Gun Violence.

Members like David Harrison of Roanoke say they hope the General Assembly will pass legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

"I became concerned about the gun violence issue after Sandy Hook," Harrison said. "It was only after the issue here in Roanoke with Alison Parker on live T.V. and all that, that I decided I couldn't sit on the sidelines any longer and had to try to find some middle ground solutions to this issue."

50 people, including the grandmother of Aryah Lipford, packed a bus to travel to Richmond Monda.

Aryah was shot and killed in Roanoke in July 2015, one week before her second birthday.

A judge sentenced Warner Hunter, III to life in prison in connection with Aryah's murder.