Walk against violence to take place this Saturday

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

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- It's been a hot topic in the community these past few months: violence and gangs

On Saturday morning dozens of people will come together to march against violence.

The march comes on the heels of two important events in South Bend.

One was the death of two-year-old John Swoveland Jr. The toddler was playing in his front yard when he was accidentally shot to death while two gangs were fighting.

According to court records, it was retaliation after one of the gang members was "jumped" the day by another gang.

Also last month about twenty men from gangs or with ties to gangs were ordered to a meeting with South Bend Police to put an end to the violence.

The head of Mamas Against of Violence, Bobbie Woods, was at the meeting and encouraged these former "so called" gang members to be at the march.

“It’s not just one thing that will stop this, one of the things is getting to young people very early,” says Deb Stanley, walking in the march. “Providing interventions for young people who have been, who have seen violence in their home. You want to get in with young people to prevent them from accepting and adopting that kind of behavior as the norm.”

"Mamas Against Violence" sent a personal invitation to Clay High School to participate in a "March Against Violence" this weekend.

Anyone can come to the event, but the school was specifically targeted because of Nathan Hall's murder.

It begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Muessel Grove Park.

Police Chief Ron Teachman and Deputy Mayor Mark Neal will speak at the end of the walk at Faith Apostolic Church.

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