By Pope Jackson
The streets were filled this past Friday for a candlelight vigil and march for Jaheem Hunter, a 5-year-old who police say was shot in the head by a stray bullet on Monday while with his father. Chants of “Guns down, Life Up” echoed on Washington Ave as the march progressed from block to block calling for an end to gun violence. The family was joined by Neighbors, Activists and clergymen and women surrounding the crowd on all four sides of the group. On each corner they stopped for prayers from various clergymen and women representing the multiple faiths.
Hunter was with his father awaiting his sister on his fifth birthday when the bullet hit him. He’s currently still on a breathing machine at St. Barnabas Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His mother says his external bandages came off earlier on Friday. Police have arrested the suspected shooter, Michael Quiles, and charged him with attempted murder.
The march was organized by Linda L. Kemp of Bringing the Peace with support from National Action Network, Vanessa L. Gibson, DREAM, Inc., Michael A. Blake, BLACK United Leadership, BxNAACP, Stop the Violence, SOS, Ruben Diaz Sr., Lead by Example, Guns Down Life Up, NYCHA Tenant Leaders, Claremont Neighborhood Center, RFT, Scott Stringer, NY Clergy, NYPD Community Affairs, LifeCamp
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It was simply put out “We have to come from what’s comfortable and what we believe is safe and speak truth and the Truth Hurts, Violence Hurts, Death Hurts, How Many Funerals? How many babies have to be wounded?”
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