GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The community gathers to end violence after a stabbing two weeks ago that left two injured and one person dead.
Over a hundred men gathered to take a stand and walk the streets of Greenville Saturday afternoon. They say it was to prove that the community members could all come together as one.”
The goal of the march is to talk about violence and stop it from happening in our community.
“It tears our young men apart from one another, violence has that effect, so what we are trying to do today is bring our young people together today, but bring our community together,” said Jermaine McNair.
Each man wore a tie, which works to bind the community. “This walk just symbolizes a walk that we must take as brothers as family members as friends to hold our community together, because we can’t allow it to be torn apart by violence,” explained McNair.
Council woman Kandi Smith agrees. “The only way we are going to do something about it, is we have to take it head on and we have to work together as a community, its not just black people that have to do it, its all of us working together. ”
Smith says the event Saturday shows younger people they have someone to look up to.
“They need to be able to see that I can make it, I don’t have to be in a life of crime, and I can take it to the next level and be positive and be productive,” said Smith.
Mcnair says there is an upcoming meeting Thursday night to discuss black on black crime. It will be held at Epps Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m.