BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The parents of a child killed by a stray bullet are calling for peace in the streets.
100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge and the family of Devin Page Jr., the child who was sleeping in his bed Tuesday night when he was shot, walked for peace on Thursday.
“I’m hurt, I’m pissed off. That bullet wasn’t meant for my baby, it was meant for somebody else,” said Tye Toliver, Devin’s mother.
Another day without her son, mother Toliver and husband Devin Page Sr. joined together with community members to honor her son who was taken too soon by a stray bullet while he was asleep.
“He loved everyone. He was a people’s person and he really loved trucks,” Toliver said.
100 Black Men and other partners took to neighborhood streets to spread awareness about gun violence. The first stop was the Toliver’s home where the three-year-old was killed.
“History has a way of repeating itself. We’ve seen it happen time and time again,” said Dadrius Lanus, executive director of 100 Black Men. “Right now, we know that we have a huge problem with gun gang violence outside of our city. And that’s something we have to get in front of, and that’s what we want to do.”
People at the walk sang and carried pictures of the three-year-old.
“All across this country, the access that young people have to guns and weapons is something that’s just unacceptable,” said 100 Black Men President Michael Adams.
Lanus said this incident happened right down the street from their headquarters.
“We don’t want it to come to a place where people have to feel afraid of losing a loved one before something happens,” said Lanus.
“We appreciate everybody and all the love everyone his showing us,” expressed Toliver.
The organization has dedicated every Thursday to a community walk.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will be joining the group for a walk on Monday, starting off what she’s hoping is a “Week of Peace.”
To donate to Devin Page’s memorial fund, click here.