Community walks to end violence

caines | 11/16/2011, 4:46 a.m.

Omegas host peace vigil in Liberty City

On the heels ofthe November 2nd shooting at Ralph Bunche Park, which left four people injured including an 11-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet, the community is banding together to help stop the violence. Last Thursday, the Liberty City community came out to support a peace walk and candlelight vigil sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.Many say this is just the beginning of their efforts. I came out here today to support my pastor and to help stop the violence, said Angela Walker, 41. We all need to come together on one accord to help stop the violence in our community because it is killing us. The walk began at the Liberty Square Community Center and ended at Miami Northwestern Senior High School with a small rally of religious and political leaders giving words of encouragement to the community. You can make it regardless of where you live, said Reverend Richard P. Dunn II, 49, former District 5 city commissioner, in a prayer. Many of us live here but God you have blessed us anyhow. In the words that were uttered to your Son Jesus can anything good come out of Liberty City? Yes! Can any good thing come out of Overtown? Yes! Can any good thing come out of Little Haiti? Yes! Can any good thing come out of Miami Gardens? Yes! The location of the vigil was chosen for its strong ties to the community and significance in providing educational opportunities for Blacks in Liberty City. This a candlelight vigil walk for peace, said Larry Handfield who helped to create the event. It is our desire to bring attention to the violence that is being displayed in our community. I think that as men and professionals we cant afford to sit on the sidelines and watch the future generations lose their lives to violence. We have to stand up and let them know that there is hope and there is opportunity in spite of the circumstances. Willie B. Kelly, 65, a retired school teacher who also participated in the walk said he came to become more active in the community. This is very meaningful for me to do this, he said. This is about the community stepping in to stop the violence. I am hopeful that we can get people to assist the police in capturing those people that do [terrible] things in our community. By Randy Grice rgrice@miamitimesonline.com