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Yorkers gather for anti-violence march
Some 50 concerned Yorkers assembled Saturday to once again protest violence in York City.
Stop the Violence, a group of concerned citizens who have held a handful of similar rallies, organized the event, starting at the United Way building, 800 E. King St., and ending at Girard Park.
The march came less than a week after the death of 25-year-old Wayne Allen Weedon Jr., who was shot and killed at Girard Park April 10. Lettice Brown, of York City, a member of the group, said the march was not just in response to that tragedy but to a recent rash of other shootings in the city, as well.
The cause: Sharon Bridges, of York City, was at the march to support the cause. She said her nephew was shot nine years ago in the city and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
"It wasn't as bad (then) as it is now," she said.
She said her three sons have all had friends fall victim to city violence.
"I'm scared to walk down the street with my granddaughters," she said.
Heidi McMillan, of York City, spent 7½ years in prison for shooting a woman in the back in 2005 and says she has turned her life around since her release. She said she now knows there is more to life than the streets and she wants to help get that message out.
"I think kids need to realize their worth," she said.
Brown said one of their biggest goals of the marches is to bring the community into the cause, and not just the people who are part of the group on Facebook. She said they need to be aware of the issue.
"As long as they help and contribute, show that they care, that's all I can ask for," she said.
The march: Many concerned citizens showed up Saturday afternoon, including a local car club and even a man dressed as Spider-Man who came and took pictures with kids.
The car club, consisting of roughly 10 cars, pulled into the parking lot together and lined the side of it. Several of the cars had anti-violence writing on their windows, with sayings such as "Stop the violence" and "Let our kids grow up" written on them.
"When the cars started rolling in, I was speechless," Brown said.
Prior to the start of the march, the cars pulled out from the parking lot together. Other participants carried signs with more anti-violence sayings, such as "One child is more than all the guns on Earth."
Brown said the marches have been a good way to spread awareness of the issue.
"It's kind of spreading like wildfire," she said. "We're kind of excited about that."
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org.