Dozens marched against violence this afternoon. They held signs that read "Violence isn't the key" and "Stop the hate."
Residents and members of the Springfield Police Department marched to crime-stricken areas that included Hancock Street, Walnut Street, and Oak Street.
Jerry Hoages explained the importance of getting the word out.
"It's very important because a lot of people don't want to take that stand to do that, so somebody's got to start somewhere and just get out here and let the people know, let their voices be heard, that the violence around here needs to stop. There's been too much stuff out here, drugs, crime, stuff like that," said Hoages.
At the end of the March, Pastor Angelo Dawson asked participants to hold up signs of those who lost their lives to violence.
Among them were Kathryn Mauke, Yahaira Hernandez and Rakeem Nixon.
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