Washington community gathers to stop the violence

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WASHINGTON, Pa. - A Stop the Violence picnic was held Saturday in Washington.

Members of the Washington community gathered in Washington Park for the event, which pledged to put an end to violence in the community.

The picnic was organized by the family of Vincent Kelley, who was shot and killed last June while trying to stop a man who robbed a bank inside a Giant Eagle in South Strabane Township.

“We decided to have a picnic and have everybody come out so everybody knows violence isn’t the answer,” said Suzanne Kelley, Vincent Kelley’s sister-in-law.

Family members of other victims of violence in the Washington area were also in attendance.

“I don’t want any father, any parent period, to have to bury their child. Our children are supposed to bury us. This is not something that you plan for, that you can ever plan for. It’s not a hurt that will ever go away,” said Curtis Thomas.