Peace march honoring Spokane shooting victim

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A march from Liberty Park to Mission Park hopes to help quell violence in Spokane. An increase in gang activity was claimed as the reason for the call for peace from the community.

Mission Park is expected to be packed with hundreds of people on Saturday in a march for peace. The numerous shooting that have rung out in Spokane inspired people to come together in a show of peace, over violence.

The fatal shooting at The Hop bar inspired the organizors to action.

"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.

That was only one shooting of several in 2013.

"It's the shooting that's making me more concerned, and seeing to the place we have some young individuals out there that have that 'I don't care' type attitude and they become very dangerous," said Pastor Shon Davis Sr., of Jesus Is The Answer Spokane.

Ervine and Davis Sr. organized Saturday's march in memory of Julian Morrison, the 26-year-old bystander who was caught in the crossfire at The Hop.

Pastor Davis Sr. was a member of the Crips where he was shot twice. His goal became to reach kids before gangs did. He started a basketball league in summer of 2013 in partnership with Spokane Police.

The march will start at Liberty Park at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and end at Mission Park

 

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