04/26/2015 09:37 EDT | Updated 07/28/2015 08:59 EDT

Surrey forum on gang violence emphasizes importance of parental involvement

SURREY, B.C. - Surrey residents concerned about the spate of gang violence in their city are taking action to restore peace to the community's streets.

Hundreds gathered at a temple on Sunday to discuss what can be done to curb the violence that has wracked the city in recent months.

Much of the event focused was on the role parents can play to prevent their children from getting involved with gangs.

Former gang members, parents of victims of gang violence and community activists all shared their stories with the hundreds gathered.

There have been nearly two dozen shootings in Surrey and neighbouring Delta since early march, with the first fatal incident taking place a week ago.

Police have said they believe the attacks are linked to an ongoing turf war between two groups of young men of Somali and South Asian descent. (CKNW)