Dozens of people gathered at a Springfield church Sunday to take action and promote nonviolence in and around the city.
The Greater Springfield Campaign Nonviolence organized a walk through Springfield, hoping to put an end to violence.
Springfield residents came together as a community to remember those who’ve died by violence in the city.
A rally with speakers spoke to the different forms and causes of violence in Springfield.
Stephen Penna, a Springfield resident, told 22News, the rally had a special message, “Sadly, in our urban centers in America today there’s way too much violence and people aren’t getting along, and this is just to kind of generate the one human family aspect of things and how we should just ‘love thy neighbor.'”
The group stopped at various places around the city, to pray for those who have either fled from violence or those who have lost their lives. The causes of violence may include poverty, racism and drugs.
Family, friends and neighbors began a community conversation exploring ways to build a peace-filled city… together.
Cheryl Moynahanl told 22News she wants everyone in the community to know they are not alone, “Certainly believe that a presence in the community, letting people know that we’re in support of you and we are opposed to violence, and together we can create a peaceful community.”
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in April, crime in Springfield has come down 45% in the last five years.