ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Hundreds of people gathered at Melrose Park Friday evening for the same reason: to pray for gun violence to end in the city.
Many held hands and prayed together. Others raised their arms in song.
“There’s unrest, there’s anxiety, and so they were really glad to come together for this unity tonight,” said Trish White-Boyd, Roanoke City Council.
The message for the event was gun violence will not be tolerated in the City of Roanoke.
“Everyone is looking for a solution, and we wish we had one,” said Scott Terry-Cabbler, a Roanoke resident.
However, everyone needs to come together to make the violence stop.
“They’ve got a no snitching policy, okay, but if you see something, say something,” said Terry-Cabbler.
The vigil came just hours after a Roanoke woman, Salonya Evans, was laid to rest in Bedford. She was gunned down early Sunday morning on Morehead Avenue. The area has seen several instances of gun violence in 2019.
Vice Mayor Joe Cobb is working on creating a gun violence task force. You can find meeting dates here: https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/gun-violence-task-force-sets-meeting-dates/.