Community members march to take a stand against the uptick in violence in Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– The recent increase in homicides in the Star City has led community members to take a stand against the violence.

The Peacemakers organization and Bishop J. L. Jackson put together a ‘Stop the Violence’ march on the northwest side of Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 16 to show solidarity where many members of the community have been lost to shootings.

There were community leaders and family members who lost loved ones in attendance.

Katrina Preston, who is a mother, lost her daughter to violence a couple years ago and says even though it’s been hard, she still has to take a stand.

“Grief isn’t easy,” said Preston. “We have to go on because I have a granddaughter. My daughter had a daughter. We have to continue to go on. We have to fight for justice.”

Jackson spoke about the importance of people finding different alternatives to violence.

“Shooting is not the answer. Knives are not the answer. Violence is not the answer,” said Jackson. “We’ve got to stop the violence, and stop the killing. Stop the killing, and start the healing.”

Organizations in attendance say they will continue to find new ways to help find a solution to violence in the community.

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