Seattle played host to hundreds of National Night Out events on Tuesday, including several in communities that've been plagued with violence in recent months, like South Seattle and the Central District.
Katoya Palmer lives just a few blocks from the spot where two young men were gunned down in early June in the Central District.
She remembers the crime well, and says that's one of the reasons she felt compelled to open up her home and her yard for a National Night Out block party focused on crime prevention.
Its important for us to come together and show people that there's really not anything to be afraid of, she said. We have to create a sense of community through these events.
It was a similar story in South Seattle, where a shooting took place on Tuesday, the very same night asNational Night Out, and not far from one of the community gatherings.
Sue Hurley organized the event in her neighborhood because she hopes South Seattle can become known for things other than the number of shootings that've taken place there.
I mean, this is really what South Seattle looks like, she said, referring to the group of friends and neighbors gathered on her street.
She believes fellowship is the first step towards fighting back against violence.
Things always feel more safe when you know everyone and feel you can approach them at any time, she said.
A Seattle Police captain also stopped by the event on South Fletcher.
Last year, there were more than 1400 registered National Night Out events throughout the city. The hope is that the final numbers for 2014 will be even higher.