Citizens Rally to "Stop the Violence"

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

Hundreds gathered in Singing Brakeman Park, every one tired of the violence they've seen in the Queen City. Many came with signs and T-shirts in memory of loved ones lost much too early.

"I've lost three family members within the last three years," Sameerah Smith says. "Here they are right here. I just came down here to show my support."

Many who marched say the support for this cause is a trend that's only going to continue to grow as the community tries to find ways to get involved.

"Unity and strength. Where there is unity, there is strength," Lee Smith of Shepherd Ministry says. "And coming together as a community means a whole lot, to show that we are concerned."

But the biggest concern is finding a solution. How to put an end to this plague before it claims yet another life. Rosland Lynch, who also lost a family member, says the best way to fight violence is to stop hate.

"Learning how to stop it, learning how to come together," she says. "Stop being against each other, loving on each other. We need to learn how to say I love you. I love y'all. And if we did, it would stop the violence."

Others say since so much of this crime stems from the youth, the best solution lies with parents. Tammie Clerk Collins says parents need to take charge in their homes to prevent violence before it occurs, and the old saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," is true to the core.

"But the parents need to wake up and grow up, as well. That will stop a lot of the violence because it's coming from the homes, with the parents being scared of their own kids," she says. "They need to wake up and stop being scared of their kids and let someone else teach their kids if that's what it takes."

Those who marched in this fight for a safe city say they won't stop until the violence does.


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