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Community Takes A Stand Against Violence

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than a hundred people marched from Liberty Park to Mission Park Saturday morning to take a stand against violence. The Stop the Violence March ended in Mission Park and joined another community event called "Spokane CareFest 2013." Members of the community in Spokane see the event as their first step in taking back the community they care about, especially as with all the crime and tragedy that has happened over the past few months. 

It only takes a second for someone to lose their life to violence, but the effects can last for generations.  

"I came here today for my dad," said 11-year-old Caleb Trevino. Caleb's dad was murdered a few months ago. Caleb is one of many impacted by violence. "My niece lost her father to violence when she was just a tiny baby and my nephew lost his father just recently to violence and a lot in between," said march participant Patricia Bosley.  

That is why hundreds of people are taking a stand to say, enough is enough. "No more violence, this is our community, and we're going to fix it," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.  "Today's a start," said march participant Tone Kang. "We do a lot of talking, but we've got to do a lot of walking too."

Among the cultural dances, games, and food at the event, there was one thing that stood out. Bright yellow t-shirts that read: "Don't Shoot."  

"We started the don't shoot campaign after the series of murders this summer," Justin Pimsanguan said. "I lost my best friend Fabian McBride."

Now, Justin Pimsanguan has turned his own life around. He hopes his loss will give life to someone else.

"I've been part of the problem for a long time, you know, I've been actively in the community as part of the problem. I'm a convicted felon and I've had a lot of criminal history," Pimsanguan said. "I'm trying to do this for my family and my community because I'm hurt by a lot of the things that have been going on."

Although Saturday's event is only a small step toward change, it is one that organizers hope will have a lasting impact.

Shon Davis, Senior Pastor Of Jesus Is The Answer Church:

"Crip, blood, red, and blue, shook hands together and said it's time for us to lay our colors down, lay our guns down, enough is enough," said Shon Davis, Senior Pastor of Jesus is the Answer Church and event organizer.  

Also Saturday, teenagers met with church leaders, local businesses, and non-profits because the issue is a bigger problem than just violence.

Pastor Shon says we cannot tell these kids to stop selling drugs and to get off the streets without having anything else to offer them. He says we need to have more options for these kids, so they do not turn to gangs.

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