Two Indianapolis mothers who lost their sons to violence joined dozens of others outside the city market Thursday, calling for peace in the streets.
The rally comes as thousands of people are expected to celebrate the summer downtown this weekend.
"He was killed in an attempted robbery--he was shot in the stomach," said Dunson.
Theresa Green lost her 24-year-old son LeQuence last June.
"He was killed June the 5th in broad daylight around 6 o' clock,” said Green. “He was shot seven times. There was over 30 people out there. No witnesses or anything. This violence has to stop. I'm a mother still living with pain no justice or anything. This violence has to stop."
Both women, along with dozens of others, came together Thursday afternoon in downtown Indianapolis to rally for peace in the streets.
They chanted, sang and prayed, all in an effort to stand together and stand up to violence.
"There are a lot of young people involved in youth violence right now, and we wanna send a message to the community and to our young people that this violence is really not acceptable it's not gonna be tolerated," said Rev. Charles Harrison of the 10 Point Coalition.
Members of the Indianapolis faith community, local youth groups, members of city and even U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett were on hand to show their support for the rally.
The peace in the streets rally comes on the first day of the 2012 Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.
In 2010, gun shots rang out downtown over the celebration weekend. This year, police and faith leaders like Rev. Harrison are confident in their plan to keep people safe.
"The faith community is working with the police and the same plan we used in 2011,” said Rev. Harrison. “We're gonna use this year and we're gonna have a lot of volunteers from the faith community-- 200 or 300 on Saturday night so, working with the police we feel it's gonna be a safe environment for everybody."
Sharon and Theresa have organized a group called Families Against Violence here in Indianapolis.
Click here for more information on Families Against Violence.
Peace rally held downtown before Black Expo's Summer Celebration
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