NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- As thousands took to the streets across the country for Saturday's March For Our Lives rallies, a smaller group marched down Jefferson Avenue, but their message was the same: improve gun control.

People of all ages hoped their message would be heard just as loud and clear as the larger marches in places like Washington D.C. and South Florida.

"[We want to] raise awareness, particularly among our legislators so they'll be able to think that children, youth are more important," said Shana Turner.

Turner lost her son Shaquille last December in what police describe was a murder-suicide. Shaquille had gotten into an accident on Northampton Boulevard with another driver, Dwight Walker.

Investigators believe Walker got out of his car and shot Shaquille before shooting and killing himself.

Now Shana Turner said she marches for all senseless killings.

"I'm out here not only for mass shootings, but also individual shootings as well."

Nearly 200 people marched up Jefferson Avenue in solidarity with millions across the country. They hope all of this attention will force lawmakers to act to create tougher gun laws and to make schools safer.

"Protect our children, not guns," said one protester.

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