Peace march aims to take back Cincinnati streets
AVONDALE, OH. (WKRC) – A week after a 10-year-old boy was shot twice during a drive-by dozens of people marched through the neighborhood demanding justice and for the violence in Cincinnati to stop.
The march was organized by mothers of murdered sons, many unsolved, who identify as a group called Mothers Against Gun Violence.
Walking with them was members of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, the Cincinnati Police Department and numerous pastors from but not limited to Avondale.
"It's getting to a point where our children are not able to play outside in front of their own homes and play without stray bullets coming past them or shooting them,” said Carlnetta Flagg-Miles.
Her son was murdered in October of 2015.
"This weekend says Happy Mother’s Day but there’s going to be a lot of mothers out here who is not going to be happy due to the fact that they have lost their son or daughter to gun violence,” said Flagg-Miles.
Last week Christopher Foree was shot twice, once in the neck and once in the hand. He was outside playing when a Silver Nissan Altima drove down Forest Avenue and fired more than 20 shots.
"We need people to come forward. It's the only way to get criminals off the street. It's the only way to get arrests and convictions,” said Karen Rumsey of the Cincinnati Police Department.
Rumsey runs the Cincinnati Citizens Respect Our Witnesses or CCROW which supports all people who come forward to help make arrests and convictions possible.
“Anybody that is working with the Cincinnati police department and gives us information and is willing to then stand up and testify they qualify for our program and our program services will be there for them,” said Rumsey.
If you have any information on the Avondale shooting or any crime call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.