The group was made up of people of all ages but was led by the youngest voices who were pleading for peace.
The powerful message was coming from the smallest activists.
The youth-led march was organized by the lodge is an annual event held to bring awareness to young lives claimed by violence and the lives that will never be the same because of it.
19 Action News reporter Shanice Dunning had the opportunity to speak to an 8-year-old who never got the chance to meet his father, who was gunned down before he was born.
Now he and his grandmother walk in father’s honor.
“He just was on the street,” says the 8-year-old.
Over 1,400 children and young adults have been killed in Cuyahoga County since 1990.
Cleveland Councilman TJ Dow says that he sees a pattern.
“It’s a vicious cycle. The same kids that you see in children family services are the same parents that are in the felony system,” says Dow.
That vicious cycle is the exact reason why the event was aimed at the youth.
Organizers hope that by spreading this message through young people it will make a real impact.
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