Community Leaders Hold Peace Walk: A Fight to End Violence

By: News Email
By: News Email

April 23, 2014

Two homicides in the past two weeks and now the community is rallying together against violence.

Chanting "we want peace", dozens marched down the streets of Charlottesville on Friday night for a Peace Walk. A united front against crime.

"It's a tragedy for the families first and foremost and for the community. We're just here to show our support our love and our fellowship," said Dan Rosensweig, a Charlottesville resident.

Antonio Washington and Oscar Brown Jr. were both killed in Charlottesville, a week apart. Family and friends say something needs to be done.

"It's a sad thing that I was born and raised in this town some years ago and I come back to this," said Sheila Brooks, aunt of Oscar Brown Jr.

Brown died of a gunshot wound outside of an apartment in the Westhaven neighborhood on May 17th.

"I would have never thought a family member of mine has been killed like this for no reason. I never thought Virginia would be this way," said Brooks.

"We want to walk the streets and not be afraid we want to be able to watch the news at night and see happy things and not hear about senseless murders. People that could be our sons, our brother, our mothers being hurt for no reason," said Patti Flynn, a Charlottesville Resident.

Community leaders plan to hold a town hall meeting where they hope to come up with solutions to violence.

They will present those ideas to Charlottesville City Council and the Housing Authority.

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