Gangs face victims' families at march

June 30, 2009 4:49:21 PM PDT
A march took place on Tuesday evening to remember the victims of violence and promote peace in the Roseland community. CeaseFire has held this annual day of peace for six years now but this year they tried something they hope will have a lasting impact. Through hours of negotiations, community leaders managed to bring together several leaders from rival gangs, to listen to the family members of victims of violence who are sharing their emotional stories. The group said they brought together seven different factions to hear a message of peace.

The most recent case of violence in the area is the drive-by shooting death of 9-year-old Chastity Turner who was killed last week as she was washing her dogs. Members of her family were at the march, hoping the event will bring them closer to a solution to stopping the violence.

Blair Holt, the teenager who was killed on a bus in 2007, was also being remembered at the event. Members of Holt's family were also honored for their bravery and courage since his death.

Shootings that received less attention got attention at Tuesday's march, including 20-year-old Anthony Turner, who was shot 17 times in a drive-by shooting two years ago. His killer still hasn't been caught. ABC7 spoke to Turner's mother, Donna Turner, who she said the simple fact that her son was being remembered meant the world to her.

Roseland CeaseFire hoped the day of peace would somehow yield a long-term solution to the violence.

The funeral visitation for Chastity Turner will be held Thursday at Leak and Sons Funeral Home on 7838 South Cottage Grove from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.


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