Protesters march against violence

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- A string of protesters marched through the streets of South Bend this morning, peacefully protesting violence in the city.

This morning, protesters walked from Mussel Grove Park to the Faith Apostolic Church on Bendix.

It was the annual march by a group called "Mamas Against Violence."

They work with the city to promote peace.

The organization's president lost her son more than a decade ago.

“Today after 11 years I still carry that scar and the scar is that, it always comes back every time I hear about another person's life being lost senselessly,” said Bonnie Woods, President of Mamas Against Violence. “It brings it back to the forefront so it'll always remain there.”

Her message is to prevent other families from experiencing that same loss.

“The message is enough is enough,” said Dionne Wade, from Mamas Against Violence. “No mother wants another mother to go through what we've gone through. To have a child is a gift; to have that taken away from us is a pain that no one ever wants to endure. You don't wish this type of pain on anyone.”

This has been a particularly violent year in South Bend, most poignantly demonstrated by the death of 2-year-old John Swoveland Junior.

He was killed in April by a stray bullet during a gang fight.

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