More than a thousand men and women, children and grandparents, all from varying backgrounds came together in a Dorchester park on Sunday and shouted the same message: Peace is possible.
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"We're hoping this walk will open up the eyes of the young ones to stop the violence," said Brenda Shepherd, of Dorchester. Shepherd walked on Sunday for three relatives she lost to murder, including two of her nephews.
The walk, put on by the Dorchester-based Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, attempted to raise $200,000 for the organization's work to help family members of murder victims and to advocate for peace.
"I believe that we are one Boston," said Tina Chery, the founder of the peace institute, which is named for her 15-year-old son who was gunned down on his way to a anti-violence event in 1993.
Mayor Marty Walsh, who launched a gun buyback program earlier this year as part of his effort to stem the rise in homicides this year in Boston, joined the walkers on the 3.6-mile trek.
"We are still getting phone calls that somebody has been gunned down. We're still getting phone calls that there's violence in our city and throughout Massachusetts. We need to stop it. We need to make sure that we continue to work together," Walsh said.
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