SPOKANE, Wash. -- Hundreds walked from Liberty to Mission Park Saturday for a march for peace, organized in response to a deadly shooting at The Hop concert Venue in September.
"It sparked outrage, and you know, we said enough is enough. Get together and no more deaths need to happen," said Andre Ervine, the director of Vision United America.
The death of Julian Morrison, 26, at The Hop was one of several shootings in 2013 that spurred Ervine and Pastor Shon Davis Sr., of Jesus Is the Answer Spokane, to organize the march.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich helped Davis lead the “Stop the Violence” march. The walk began at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. It was scheduled to kick off Spokane Carefest 2013 at Mission Park at noon after marchers arrived at the park.
At Spokane Carefest, organizers planned to connect community members with outreach, nonprofit, ministry, and education groups. Food and entertainment were also scheduled as part of the event.