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Sunnyside Residents Take a Stand Against Violence

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. - Over a hundred people gathered at Sunnyside Central Park on Tuesday night for an anti-violence rally.

It was a sombering experience for everyone who attended the ceremony.

They sang songs and joined together to hopefully put a stop to violence.

The program included a candlelight vigil and a peace march through Sunnyside.

There were also testimonies from people who lost loved ones to violence.

Area businesses came together to show their support for the event.

Sunnyside resident Javier Alvarez, who was in a gang for 10 years, felt a need to attend Tuesday night's ceremony.

Event organizers asked people to bring pictures of loved ones, signs, candles and flowers.

The Sunnyside Police Department also handed out 'Against Violence' cookies.

There were also resource booths for people to get some information about taking a stand against violence.