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Peace Walk for non-violence
Many people are tired of the string of violence and deadly crimes in Escambia County as of late. Continuing the push to stop the violence, community leaders are taking their message of non-violence to the hardest hit areas with a Peace Walk.
It's a message of non-violence taken to the very streets where some of the shootings are happening. Some people are passing out flyers others are using their voices, demanding peace on the streets.
The day began with a prayer. Each man, woman and child has a story behind what motivated them to put on their walking shoes. Determined to send a message of nonviolence, people marches along streets in Ensley like Washburn, which was an active crime scene a week earlier. The violence has hit Linda Wright where it hurts most. She says her brother, Antonio Brown and his friend Greg Bryant were shot while on their way to the Ensley Lounge to perform.
"It's hard, it's very hard, just still in disbelief" said Linda Wright, sister of shooting victim.
Prince Goodman says he lost one of his best friends in high school last week, when Tyquon Prim was stabbed.
"We've got to start doing something about it, to do whatever we can do to get everybody together because all of this killing over petty stuff" said Prince Goodman, friend of stabbing victim.
Some marchers feel to end the cycle of violence, you must start in the home and have an outpouring of support from the community.
"Things are getting rolling now because it's time because we've been delayed too long, we've been sitting on it too long" said Patricia Brown, Peace Walker.
The two dozen marchers know ending the violence won't be easy, but with each step taken they believe they are inching closer to a solution.
"Until we feel safe to walk around our neighborhoods, we can't expect anybody else to come to our neighborhoods and feel safe" said Lumon May, Escambia County Commissioner.
"The healing will only take place if we as a community come together and say no more violence" said Ellison Bennett, Community Activist.
Supporters of the nonviolence effort say the time for talking is over, and it's time to take action, and the Peace Walk is just the beginning.