LAWRENCE — Carrying signs with messages including "United for Peace," "No More Bullets," and "No More Killings," a group of city residents marched through city streets yesterday in a call for peace.
The march was organized by Deiby De Jesus, 28, after he became concerned about the escalating number of murders in the city this year.
He said he was inspired to organize the peace march by his faith, the well-being of his children, and the community at large.
The march started at Campagnone Common at Jackson and Common streets. Participants walked up Essex Street, along Broadway, and then turned onto Daisy Street. The march continued to Myrtle and Lawrence streets, where it ended, not far from where a man in his 20s was recently shot to death.
Along the way, the participants read passages from the Old and New testaments that talk about peace.
Reflections and prayers were also offered.
De Jesus, a member of Ebenezer Christian Church, enlisted the help of his pastor, the Rev. Victor Jarvis, as well as ministers and members of other city churches, to pull together yesterday's march.