467 empty pairs of shoes represent powerful message

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- An anti-violence group made a stop in Milwaukee using shoes to spread their message on Saturday, September 27th.

The "Hearts and Soles" tour says each shoe represents a life lost to gun violence. They say there are more that 467 gun related deaths each year, just in Wisconsin.

Those at the event are calling for an end to the senseless act of violence, and for tougher gun laws.

State Representative Latonya Johnson says too often, we forget about the people affected.

"In our day to day lives,  sometimes we hear about the gun violence and the victims -- and then we go on our separate ways. And we forget about the casualties.. we forget about the names...but the families don't have that luxury. They don't have that privilege," said Johnson.

The group has made similar stops this year across the state, that includes Eau Claire, Wausau, and Madison