Community Holds Stop the Violence March and Rally, NAACP President Speaks Out (With Video)

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

April 27, 2013 Updated Apr 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Local community groups are taking a stand for peace in the community.

The President of the local NAACP branch in Fort Wayne, Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, has a statement for the community in the wake of Saturday afternoon's shooting.

She says, "Understand that no matter what you are doing, or what position you are in, even if you've been stopped by the police, you need to know your rights. And one thing you should never do is run."

Bledsoe says she and the NAACP have set up a meeting with police Chief Rusty York on Monday.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the NAACP office at (260) 426-3049.

The Fort Wayne Chapter of the NAACP, along with other community organizations, continued its efforts to end violence in the city by holding a march and rally.

People of all ages and different races gathered Saturday afternoon to participate in the march. The march began at the intersection of S. Anthony Blvd. and E. Pontiac St. and ended at S. Anthony and McKinnie Ave.

Since 1980, more than 700 Fort Wayne residents have lost their lives due to senseless gun violence. This year already the city has seen 15 lives lost, all by guns.

"Stop the violence, stop the funerals...pick up a book, not a gun,” was the message the group is sending as they marched holding signs and chanting their message.

Before the march began, the group took a moment to remember each and every life lost to violence.

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