UPDATE: "Peace Walk" being held to end gun violence in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
A Chattanooga woman and others in the community are working together to try and stop senseless gun violence. The group plans to meet at the Walnut Street Bridge, near the Frazier Ave. entrance, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night for a peace rally.
"This time we're having this at personal request of some of the mothers who have lost children. They will be there at the rally, they will have a chance to speak," Sharon Loving said.
For many of the families affected by gun violence, that pain and grief never goes away.
But community support sure does help.
Sharon Loving created the "Love and Live" project to let them know they're not alone. Loving wants the community to come together and all wear white, to signify the end of violent bloodshed.
"The white though is symbolic of purity and it will also represent no more bloodshed. We want to get the bloodshed behind us," Loving said.
The group gathers for many reasons: to pray, to heal, to create awareness, and they all have one common goal.
"To stop the senseless gun violence in our community," Loving said.
The rally is to honor those who have lost loved ones in the community. So far this year there have been 30 homicides in Chattanooga, on pace to have the highest number of homicides since the early 1990s.
There were a total of 30 homicides last year in the city.
We're told the event is rain or shine. Members of the Chattanooga Police Department, Olivet Baptist Church and other organizations will be there to support those suffering from gun violence.