PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two groups came together to call for unity and an end to gun violence in the Portland community.
People gathered at King School Park, where a fatal shooting happened back in February.
“This area has had some serious impact in terms of gang violence and violence overall but it’s not going to stop the fact that we are still a community. We are here we are doing good work,” said Libra Forde, director of community and family programs at Self Enhancement Inc.
One of the organizers was emotional talking to KOIN 6 News about the event because there was so much community support in the neighborhood. Officers who work in the North Portland area were on hand to talk to people and join in on the fun.
“That’s why we are here. To keep those relationships going, start new ones and reconnect with old ones,” Lt. Larry Graham with the North Portland police said. “You can’t just be here when things are bad. You have to be here at all times.”
The gathering was intended to be fun, but the issue of shooting in the community are serious business. The shooting in February happened close to the school and at the time parents picking up their children found themselves very near the gunfire.
People say better relationships mean a safer community.
“If people could just be be more patient with each other and more understanding. We all want the same things. We may look different on the outside, but in here we all have the same wants,” said Roslyn Cunningham.
They are also thinking of the those whose families were affected by gun violence across the country this week.