As of July 1, at least 63 deaths have been ruled homicides in the city of Jacksonville.
Just last month, a non-profit called Cure Violence set up shop in Jacksonville with a lofty goal of stepping in to make communities safer.
As the body count climbs and the frustration and the lack of trust builds, what progress do we see?
That question was taken directly to Cure Violence program director Paul Tutwiler.
Some say if Cure Violence can talk to people involved in the violent crime lifestyle, others can too.
Since the June 8 Cure Violence kickoff, 11 lives were taken in Jacksonville.
"We can't own the violence that occurs despite our efforts. It's about our hope that every incident is the last incident," Tutwiler said.
Tutwiler says that their violence interrupters are reaching some kids but they are focusing their attention to the Northside area right now.
Other organizations like the Malavai Washington Youth Foundation have taken similar steps in the last 20 years.
Giving kids resources and the idea that they can be successful.
"This neighborhood has the highest juvenile crime rate, the highest homicide rate, the highest teen pregnancy rate, when you have all of those things against you, it's hard to see something positive,” Executive Director Terri Florio said.
With time and resources, Florio feels anyone can escape the lifestyle.
"That's part of our goal, and that's part of what I believe Cure Violence want to do," Florio said. "Show kids there is a better and different life they have."
Florio and Tutwiler both agree that a team effort is needed to fix a city-wide problem.
"We need everyone's effort in order for this to make a difference," Tutwiler said. "We understand we need to continue the work to get those systemic changes we need. And we'll have to measure it one life at a time."