In response to a recent rash of gun violence around the city of Pittsburgh, community leaders are organizing a Stop the Violence walk.
Letitia Walker said violence like the shooting at a youth football game in East Liberty inspired her to organize the walk.
“I’m tired of burying my friends. Now I have to watch one of my good friends bury her mother due to a senseless act of killing and violence,” Walker said.
The march will go from Wilkinsburg High School to the Obama School field. It’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“I have two daughters and they want to cheerlead, but I can’t allow it now because I’m in fear for their lives. We shouldn’t have to live in fear. It’s not fair to us, and it’s not fair to the children,” Walker said.
Walker said she hopes to accomplish peace and justice with the walk.
“How can the police know where to begin to look if no one says anything? I think that’s a huge problem, and I want to bring awareness. It’s not being a snitch or a rat. It’s bringing justice to a family that needs it,” Walker said.
Walker said everyone attending the walk is asked to wear red, which represents stopping the bloodshed.