A rally was held in Youngstown Wednesday night that brought many people together with a common goal to end gun violence.
The event titled “Love and Protect Our Children Rally’ was held at New Bethel Baptist Church with the hope of uniting the community to help stop the violence that has taken so many lives and injured countless others.
Robin Wesson’s brother was killed by gun violence when he was just 22 years old.
“He was actually an instructor for the After School Alliance program for Harambee,” said Wesson. “When he was killed, they stole his car.”
Shirline Hill, mother of murdered Youngstown State University student Jamail Johnson, spoke at the rally stressing the need for everyone to get involved.
“What we instill in our children today, that’s what our tomorrow’s gonna be like,” said Hill. “It takes a village to raise a child not one person, it takes all of us. You’ve got to keep them busy. Idle time on their hands only brings about negativity.”
James Freeman is part of the Political Action Committee 1911 United, a group working with organizations to provide youth with activities and love.
“People who are possibly committing these crime, they may not feel as though they are loved,” said Freeman. “If you do show that love and that affection, it could possibly multiply itself.”
The church plans on working with the community to offer programs and fellowship to kids in the hopes of preventing loss and suffering.
“I don’t’ want another family to hurt like my family hurts. I want it to stop,” said Hill.