Springdale Peace Walk Promotes Unity in the Community


An estimated 700 people attended Springdale’s 2nd Annual Peace Walk to pray for peace put an end to bullying and violence in the city.

“We need to unite together and make this place better for our youth that are growing up,” said Hannah Lareau.

“This definitely shows everyone matters, and we’re all here to support each other,” said Nezly Silva, a member of the community.

After a fatal stabbing and two suicides just days a part, all involving city youth, the families left behind are still grieving while inspiring change.

“We want to make sure all the little kids understand this is not a game and there is no going back,” said Yesenia Ramirez, whose sister committed suicide.

“We need to also teach our youth to be kind to each other, treat others the way you want to be treated, because your words do hurt others,” said Marsea Lopez, a family friend of Elizar Torres.

Saturday’s demonstration featured law enforcement, community leaders and volunteers letting each other know that in standing together, they will make it through the difficult times.

“For every little piece of bad, there’s a lot of good,” said Irvin Camacho, event organizer.

While they’re marching for peace today, Camacho says this also serves as a call to action for the future.

“Unity is what’s going to help us here in Springdale. Unity is what’s going to help stop the violence, and Unity is what’s going to help bring people together,” he said.

This story was originally reported by Tevin Wooten. You can follow this report and more at Tevin’s Twitter or Facebook page.

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