DETROIT (WJBK) - It's been a little over a week since 81-year-old Herman Garth was carjacked, robbed of $700 and shot twice outside Big Daddy's liquor store on Detroit's west side.
In the same place where the heinous crime happened community servant Teferi Brent held a rally to let the the people know this sort of behavior -- especially against the elderly -- is unacceptable.
"The question is what issues are they dealing with that made them think it is OK to victimize an elder in our community who should be honored and lifted up," Brent said.
The airforce veteran, who spoke to FOX 2 earlier this week, is home recovering from his gunshot wounds, but those responsible are still out there.
Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell, who represents the district, attended the protest to show her outrage and hope for change.
"These people out here are here making sure that they let the people know ... we're not tolerating this anymore. We're going to come together, stand together to make sure that we keep our streets safe," she said.
But Patricia Morton, whose 43-year-old son was murdered last March, said she isn't convinced.
Although several Detroit police showed up to protect the people at this rally, she feels some of the neighborhoods are neglected. They need help.
"We need to do something about this violence around here," she said. "I don't come out of my house past 10 o'clock because of where I live."
Multiple community organizations including Man Up Guns Down, Detroiters for Peace and Brothers On Patrol have joined forces to send a message to the bad guys.
But Brent says it's going to take more than that to get to the root of the evil. He says does not represent the majority of Detroit.
"When you have an individual who is jobless, faithless, hopeless, helpless, skillless, they have no issue with taking someone else's life. What we need to start doing is addressing those root issues that create the culture climate and consciousness of violence," he said.