Philadelphia gun violence: Peace walk aims to inspire Germantown residents

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Many residents took to the streets of Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood Thursday night to march for peace.

The evening began with a prayer. Then the Peace March began down Germantown Avenue.

The group sang beautiful songs and there were many stops along the way for prayer.

Those who marched wanted to serve as an inspiration to neighbors who feel there is no end in sight to gun violence in the city.

“We’re out here to help. Anything we can do to help the City of Philadelphia, our community, Germantown Avenue. We urgently need to pray,” said Germantown’s Enollia Hunter Mahone.

“We just want to make a concerted effort to uplift and spiritually strengthen the neighborhood that there is hope,” added Germantown’s James Hargrove.

We met a few neighbors who felt this inspiration as they walked by.

Tamika Torrence was one of them.

“We need such support. We have to be able to rely on each other. Crime has to stop, and it has to stop in our neighborhood,” Torrence said.

The Peace March was organized by Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and supported by the Philadelphia Police Department. Both say despite seemingly endless violence, they will never abandon their neighbors who want peace.

“Part of this walk is spreading the message that you are not alone. We’re here with you,” Kinsey said.

“Whether you have questions or information for us or want to say hello because my officers are out here interfering and we want you to speak to us,” said Capt. Austin Fraser of the Philadelphia Police Department.

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