Rockford (WREX) — More than 70 people attended Stop the Violence, a march to spark a change in Rockford and recognize those lost due to gun violence.
“My sisters were killed by gun violence. They weren’t sick or anything like that. Somebody deliberately shot them. Both of them so they need to stop and it needs to stop now,” said Porschay Marks, founder of Sisterly Love.
The Wright Way and Sisterly Love are two Rockford organizations who hosted the march. The organizations support Rockford youth especially children who have to grow up without a parent.
Something the Marks family knows all too well as three children are left without a mother.
“No child should have to yearn for their parents due to someone’s negligence and now my grand-kids are suffering.” said Porschay’s mother and Sisterly Love board member.
Sisterly Love says it takes a village to raise a child and a village to make a difference in your community. Participants marched up West State Street raising their signs and their voices.
“We just had two double homicides and a regular shooting and some other shootings so it’s important that we all come together as one and show the people that we all here and we all care,” said Lester Wright, founder of The Wright Way.
“We need to come together. If we could get the whole community to come together and do stuff like this. I think we can make something happen,” said Marks.
Those who participated in the march gathered at Fairgrounds Park in Rockford. Together, they marched as a united community unafraid and ready to make a positive change.
“Not live in fear but to stand up to the violence and to say we’re better than this,” said Jeff Brace, priest and Rockford resident.
Brace said while the solution to gun violence is unclear, taking action is one step in the right direction.