Harrisburg (Dauphin County)—Nearly a hundred people rallied Friday afternoon to put an end to violence in Harrisburg.
Friday’s rally and peace march was organized by “Heeding God’s Call” a group of churches in the city of Harrisburg to prevent gun violence.
The rally came just one day after 18-year-old Keion Gooding was shot and killed outside his home on the 300 block of Crescent Street, Thursday morning.
Friday’s march was part vigil –
“I'm here to support the family - I've seen him ride his bike - smiling all the time - sometimes sit on my porch,” said Essirine McCall who moved to the Allison Hill neighborhood last December.
It was also part rallying cry to stop gun violence -
“Let's help one another - these kids do not need to go through this,” said Gladyis Navarro who lives a block away from where Gooding was shot.
Gooding’s shooting is now the third homicide this year in the City of Harrisburg. Organizers said by taking to the streets and pledging residents to put down their arms, they hope it’s the last.
“We want to be a city of peace,” said Hank Johnson who helped organize Friday’s march.
He added, “Kids are killing kids.”