SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- People were out at Fremont Park Saturday to support a stop to violence.
The community held a block party at the park where 19-year-old Cornell Taylor was killed in march.
Kids got free haircuts and manicures as members of the community tried to take back the park.
The theme for the day was to promote peace and unity in the neighborhood, and to help kids feel safe at the park.
The event also was a kickoff for the kids to go back to school and some were able to go on a school bus for the first time.
"They don't have to worry about violence or having to see someone get shot," Yung Blu, a local rapper and youth activist said. "They can come out to the park and have fun. I'm trying to show the kids that there's more to life than what they see in the hood. Just because you're surrounded by violence and drugs and crime doesn't mean you need to be seduced by that."
"These are our leaders of tomorrow," Nosha Casey, the event organizer said. "If we start showing this as a community, other communities can do this too. South Bend can grow and it all starts right here."