School shootings across the nation, local toddlers brutally killed, all reasons why members of Marshall against Violence gathered Friday evening to pray for an end to violence.
More than a dozen East Texas native joined the community prayer. It was held at Marshall City Park.
“We just want it to be a safe summer,” said Demetria McFarland, with Marshall Against Violence. “We don’t want anyone to lose their lives this summer. We want people to be proactive against crime.”
Many of the people also gathered to call for closure in Marshall’s unsolved murder cases.
“Somebody’s murder needs to be solved in this town,” said Shirley Houston. Her son, Graylon Williams, was killed Jan 4. 2008. It bothers Houston that his killer roams the streets.
“This is the murder city. These people feel like they can murder a person, run and they won’t be held responsible for it,” said Houston.
Marshall against Violence has started a movement called S.A.V.E. or “Stand against Violence Everyday.”
“We just asking everybody to take a stand with us. Let’s put our foot down and let those criminals know we’re not going to stand for those criminals coming in and taking over our communities,” said McFarland.
On Saturday, relatives of people who’ve been murdered will share how the senseless violence has destroyed their families. The speakers include Richard Traylor, the brother of slain victim Alfred Wright, who was killed in Hemphill, TX, near Jasper. The Victim's Remembrance Program takes Saturday 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 405 W. Austin Street, Marshall TX.