BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Cease fire march against violence was organized to end crime in the Baton Rouge community after a recent spike in crime.
Marching down Plank Road, people chanted and held signs saying, they are tired of the killings.
Organizers say, they had to do something because are many worried that this could be the most violent year on record.
“It’s just a stand in solidarity to say hey, we’re here, we see what’s happening, and we will not allow it to continue” said Founder of The Bridge Agency, Nicole Scott.
Some of the marchers said they’re trying their best to end crime and if you want to affect change in certain communities, you must go into those areas.
“The first thing you have to do is bring the services to them. Bring the events, bring the marchers, bring the walks and what we see here today is coming to the people not asking the people to come to us” said President of Baton Rouge’s chapter of the NAACP, Eugene Collins.
LaKesha Antoine’s brother, Keith Antoine, was killed in 2019. She said, since that day, her world has been upside down.
“To the killers out there that are taking these people’s lives. Y’all are hurting us. At night time, I can’t sleep. I wake up every morning thinking about my brother. It causes a pain that you wouldn’t imagine someone has to go through” said Antoine.
In July, Queasha Hardy, 24, a transgendered woman was shot and killed. Her mother, Rosalyn Hardy decided to march because no one should have to endure the pain she’s been dealing with.
” Don’t give up, keep God first and keep your loved ones close to you” said Hardy.