Citizens Gather To Demand End Of Violence
About 30 people marched near Linden McKinley High School on Saturday after a shooting earlier in the week left a teenager dead.
Kaewaun Coleman was a student at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy. He was shot around 3 p.m. Thursday near E. 26th and Cleveland avenues, and died a short time later at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Police were still looking for his killer on Saturday.
Members of the community upset by the violence which took the 15 year old's life came together in a call for peace on Saturday.
One of the organizers of the march said many young people face a struggle against violence in the area.
"I took it very personal," Tacoi Summling said. "I have a 17-year-old brother. That could have been my brother walking home from school that got hit by bullets. I've worked at that McDonalds that he collapsed in. So for me, I'm really part of this community. It really touched me. It really affected me."
More joined the demonstration at a nearby fast food restaurant where Coleman went for help. They formed a circle, joined hands and offered a prayer for peace on the streets.
A vigil was also organized for Coleman at the site where he was killed.
Pastor Dale Snyder estimated more than 400 people packed into the Bethel A.M.E Church for the service Saturday night.
"He was not a kid that was not loved. So this outpouring that you see is because of who he is," Pastor Snyder said.
The minister also delivered a message about violence.
"No guns, no knives, no weapons. We want to put those things down and find a way to resolve their conflict without using weapons," Snyder said.
Coleman's great uncle spoke at the event, describing the pain of losing the teen to violence.
"It hurts. I see a lot of it. You see it on tv. You think it won't hit home. But part of America, I guess. it's not good," Larry Armour said.
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