BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Residents and community leaders on Buffalo’s east side organized a walk on Sunday to help stop violence. Dozens showed up to take part in the Cease Fire Walk, hoping that they can stop the cycle of violence by being a positive influence in a young person’s life.
“We shouldn’t be out here worried about teenagers dying, are you serious?” said Michael Farrow. “I have a beautiful daughter. I want her to grow up in the city and be able to do what she wants to do and not have to worry about walking through the streets and getting shot,” said Farod Muhammad II.
Teens dying from gunshots are no longer simply a trend, but have instead become a routine occurrence in some neighborhoods.
“I’ve seen people die. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people go to jail for killing people and it’s for nothing,” said organizer Julian Russell.
Community members aren’t waiting around for the next teen to die from violence, they want it to end now. “If you all see kids out in the streets or whatever, they don’t have to be our kids. Pull them to the side and at least give them some type of advice or some type of guidance,” said Rashard Oliver.
“We’re dying too early. We can’t leave the same way we came. We all have to be changed. It’s got to be different when we walk away from this protest we want to make a difference in our community,” said Lenny Lane with Buffalo Peacemakers.
Organizers of the Cease Fire Walk are also creating a mini-documentary film to help spread their message.