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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - A drive-by shooting that killed two and hurt five others has one group trying to stop the violence against kids.

The 9th ward victims included a 2 and 4-year-old, but community leaders are not just urging people to stop the violence, they are trying to get some help for the young kids caught in the crossfire.

It's hard to imagine that just two weeks ago 2-year-old Jamal Romain was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting, but yet there he was on the playground just trying to be a kid.

'Any progress they make is what allows me to smile because the progress they are making is just incredible,' says their grandfather Wayne Romain. 'It's incredible, they're strong kids.'

The mass shooting on Burgundy Street left two dead and injured five others, including Jamal, his mother Alanna Romain, his 13-year-old sister Halanni and his 4-year-old brother Kyle.

Kyle was struck by a bullet that went through the side of his head, hitting both his eyes. Now after losing one eye, he is completely blind and his family says only a transplant will allow him to see again.

'They have a long road ahead of them,' says Romain. 'Jamal has to go back in, he has to get this plate put in his head, so he has to go through another surgery.'

Sunday the community rallied around the family hoping to not only raise money for their medical expenses, but to stop the senseless act of violence against children.

'This is going to be a very long healing process for the family and we need everybody in the city of New Orleans and everybody in the Metropolitan area to just reach out and be a part of the solution,' says Shereese Harper, a spokeswoman for Flipset Music Group.

'Think twice before you take someone's life, before you put someone else in danger, just think about it, think about the consequences,' says Frederick Palmer, the CEO of Flipset Music Group.

Flipset Music Group is launching the campaign to stop the violence against kids and plans to host a series of gatherings at local parks all over the city. Now, kids as young as 12-year-old Traion Lyons are doing what they can to help.

'I want to see everybody put their guns down, everybody just dance to all the music, create music, do movies and stuff like that,' says Traion Lyons. 'Do something positive instead of negative.'

Sadly, kids like Traion and Erin Smith are no strangers to violence. Erin even talked about how she visited a 3-year-old girl and family friend in the hospital after she was shot in the back during a drive-by shooting last month.

'Very hard,' says Erin. 'She was loosing a lot of blood, she almost died.'

While the Romain family continues to pray for a full recovery for everyone, they take comfort knowing they do not have to do it alone.

'The prayers and the support that we've had from everyone that has been involved, I think, is what has been keeping me strong,' says Romain.

While the boys and their sister are home, their mother Alanna Romain is back in the hospital.

If you would like to help the family, you can make a donation to the 'Alanna Romain Benefit' at any Whitney Bank. Donations can also be made online by clicking here.

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