FORT WAYNE, Ind (WANE) – Several hundred people walked more than two miles in solidarity to end violence. The Walk to End Violence was organized after two teens were killed in less than a week.
Victims’ family members, including John Bennett Jr.’s father and Nick Scroggins’ mother and aunt, spoke at the event. Pastor Carlton Lynch also spoke.
Speakers said it’s up to the whole community to make a change– saying parents need to keep track of their children and witnesses need to cooperate with police to get the crimes solved.
Many people at the walk have been affected by years of violence in different ways.
“I had a cousin that actually died two years ago,” Participant Vanessa Childs said. “So, definitely it’s a positive movement.”
The group walked from Unity Barbershop on Pontiac Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. Lynch is hosting an event called “Code Red” Sunday at 7 p.m.