Group gathers to march against violence, wants city’s help

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Stop the violence has become a common call across Hampton roads.

Saturday there was another march across Norfolk. 10 On Your Side walked with them for a short while; we wanted to see what was different about this walk from others. What was their message?

The group gathered in Lafayette Park in Norfolk asking for change.

“There are 31 murders already from January to today in the city of Norfolk,” organizer Kimberly Williams.

When Williams talks, you feel how much the message, “Stop the Violence”, means to her.

“Everybody here’s looks like me or my brother or they look like my dad,” Williams said. “They are part of my family and I have to take care of my family. So we stand for family.”

Williams organized, planned, and started the march down Granby Street; all different groups, different sections of Norfolk, and they march under the same flag: Change.

“For what reason do we need to continue along this vein of violence?” Williams asked? “Why do we have to do this?”

Down Granby Street they walked with heavy hearts. People like Timothy Sherrod who lost a good friend to gun violence.

“He just had a son and I think about him often,” he said. “He got shot for no reason at all.”

Step by step, it’s hard to not notice the small numbers of marchers standing up to violence. Regardless, Kimberly Williams leads the walk proudly. To get more people she said she would like to see Norfolk city officials join her in the march against crime.

“Because if they make it bigger in their sight, then it can be everywhere and grab every person that’s coming from these surrounding communities and they would actually be here,” she said.

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