‘Boycotting the killings’: South Florida men on hunger strike against gun violence

Shootings that have claimed the lives or maimed sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and others have sparked a hunger strike in Miami that reached its 13th day Thursday.

The group of nine men — “The Hunger Nine” — began their hunger strike March 9 to highlight the gun violence that has brought sorrow, fear and anger to every Miami neighborhood — especially communities like Overtown and Liberty City.

“We want to make sure that people’s lives are never forgotten… the killing has to stop,’’ said Anthony Blackman, one of the hunger strikers, on the group’s Facebook page.

“We just want to honor these fallen soldiers here who are no longer with us,’’ Blackman said in a posting that shows a clothesline with T-shirts showing the names and images of people who have been killed by gun violence. One features Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teen who was killed in Sanford in 2012 by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.