In November 2005, Amon Beckles was shot in the throat while on the front steps of an Etobicoke church.

The 18-year-old was attending the funeral of his best friend, who he saw get gunned down in a parking lot the week before.

Like many in the community, Beckles refused to tell the police what he saw.

“People are afraid of retaliation, afraid of being known as snitches, and they never want to open their mouths. I was the same way at first,” Amon’s mother, Nadia Beckles, said yesterday.

But she no longer wants to stay quiet.

Beckles, alongside several other families who have lost loved ones to violence, held a rally outside City Hall yesterday, where they called on Toronto youth to stop carrying guns and weapons.

With their voices and whistles, the crowd of about 30 people held a moment of noise to remember the dead.

“We had the noise to give voice to the victims who have been silenced. And also to break the silence in the communities, where people are afraid to talk,” said Audette Shephard of United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere, who spearheaded the demonstration.