Teen minister helps steer peers away from violence

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. A South Bend teenager tired of losing his peers to violence is taking to the streets on a mission.

Fifteen-year-old Trevion McFarland works as a youth minister and community activist. He tells his peers they don't have to join gangs, drink or smoke.

McFarland says he's felt called to the ministry since the age of 12.

He hit the streets of his South Bend neighborhood last year to spread a message of non-violence and organized a march to protest the death of 10-year-old abuse victim Tramelle Sturgis.

McFarland speaks at churches and other events but says he understands not everyone is interested in his message.

He doesn't plan to stop trying to keep them on the right path.

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