One group of residents call for end to violence in Columbus, another copes with it
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Columbus residents are responding to the city’s high homicide numbers in different ways.
At Mayme Moore Park in the King-Lincoln neighborhood, bikers from motorcycle groups, community residents and families of murder victims gathered for a vigil to call on an end to the city’s violence.
"The vigil is about all of us coming together from all walks of life. Talking about what's going on in our community and decide what side we're going to start walking in,” explained Sean Stevenson, founder of youth mentor group "End the Violence."
The message for peace came from many in the crowd including Tania Hudson.
"Not only have I lost my sons to gun violence. A friend of mine lost her son yesterday at 10 o'clock in the morning," said Hudson.
While residents at Mayme Moore Park want to end the violence, in south Columbus a group is learning to cope with it.
"Being exposed to violence is very traumatic. And some of the symptoms from mental illness can develop after exposure to violence, PTSD like symptoms," explained Marian Stuckey with CARE Coalition.
CARE Coalition is part of Columbus Public Health. The coalition works to recognize residents having a tough time dealing with violence they're exposed to and provide help and resources.
Thursday night's gathering inside a south Columbus church was a chance to debrief residents on the violence they see where they live.
Back at the end the violence vigil in the King-Lincoln neighborhood, Stevenson told the crowd there are plans for bikers from different motorcycle clubs to patrol their neighborhoods to deter crime.
His message to the group, "this ain't about dying. It's about living."