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Annual Far Eastside Community Peace Walk comes as gun violence surges

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Aug 15, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — Love, hope and peace was the message echoed across the Far Eastside early Saturday morning.

The Annual Far Eastside Community Peace Walk brought out Mayor Joe Hogsett, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears, councilors, community groups, religious leaders and families of victims. It started and ended on North Post Road at the Reset Center with dozens walking in solidarity.

The group came together to honor those taken by gun violence, discuss available resources and plead with the community to end the violence.

Several groups and individuals sponsored the 5th year of the peace walk, including Democrat and District 14 City-County Councilor La Keisha Jackson.

“The community can come together and decide before they pick up a gun, before they make the decision to shoot that weapon. Is this something that I have to do? Is this something that I need to do? How does this impact the lives of not just that individual, but the families they leave behind? Or if that person survives, how does their long-term quality of life, how does it affect them?” Jackson said.

As for future peace walks, several folks Saturday morning said they want to see more of the community come out to show support.