Peace Walk Signifies Hope for Change after Cville Murders
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
After two homicides within a week of each other, community leaders in Charlottesville want to put an end to the violence. Friday night, dozens came out for a peace walk in hopes of bringing about change.
Antonio Washington and Oscar Brown were killed a week apart. Washington was stabbed at a party on May 10 near the Ix building and Brown was found shot to death outside of an apartment building in Westhaven on May 17. Police are still trying to find the suspects in both cases.
Family and friends of both victims and community leaders hope for an end to the senseless violence.
"It feels good to see all these people here to know that somebody cares. Hopefully some good will come out of all of it," said Sharronda Washington, Antonio Washington's aunt.
Friday night’s peace walk began at the Legal Aid Justice Center on Preston Avenue. Then participants made their way through the 10th and Page neighborhood to Run Street.
Peace walk organizer Wes Bellamy said, "We want to show the entire community that we can stand together united. We not only want to show our community but more importantly the young people here that conflict resolution and being able to handle your conflict is very important."
There will be another peace walk next Friday that will focus on the Sixth Street and South First Street communities.
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