Community Takes A Stand Against Violence - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Community Takes A Stand Against Violence

SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than a hundred people marched from Liberty Park to Mission Park Saturday morning to take a stand against violence. The Stop the Violence March ended in Mission Park and joined another community event called "Spokane CareFest 2013." Members of the community in Spokane see the event as their first step in taking back the community they care about, especially as with all the crime and tragedy that has happened over the past few months. 

It only takes a second for someone to lose their life to violence, but the effects can last for generations.  

"I came here today for my dad," said 11-year-old Caleb Trevino. Caleb's dad was murdered a few months ago. Caleb is one of many impacted by violence. "My niece lost her father to violence when she was just a tiny baby and my nephew lost his father just recently to violence and a lot in between," said march participant Patricia Bosley.  

That is why hundreds of people are taking a stand to say, enough is enough. "No more violence, this is our community, and we're going to fix it," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.  "Today's a start," said march participant Tone Kang. "We do a lot of talking, but we've got to do a lot of walking too."


Among the cultural dances, games, and food at the event, there was one thing that stood out. Bright yellow t-shirts that read: "Don't Shoot."  

"We started the don't shoot campaign after the series of murders this summer," Justin Pimsanguan said. "I lost my best friend Fabian McBride."

Now, Justin Pimsanguan has turned his own life around. He hopes his loss will give life to someone else.

"I've been part of the problem for a long time, you know, I've been actively in the community as part of the problem. I'm a convicted felon and I've had a lot of criminal history," Pimsanguan said. "I'm trying to do this for my family and my community because I'm hurt by a lot of the things that have been going on."

Although Saturday's event is only a small step toward change, it is one that organizers hope will have a lasting impact.

Shon Davis, Senior Pastor Of Jesus Is The Answer Church:

"Crip, blood, red, and blue, shook hands together and said it's time for us to lay our colors down, lay our guns down, enough is enough," said Shon Davis, Senior Pastor of Jesus is the Answer Church and event organizer.  

Also Saturday, teenagers met with church leaders, local businesses, and non-profits because the issue is a bigger problem than just violence.

Pastor Shon says we cannot tell these kids to stop selling drugs and to get off the streets without having anything else to offer them. He says we need to have more options for these kids, so they do not turn to gangs.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Washington's new DUI-E law takes effect Sunday

    Washington's new DUI-E law takes effect Sunday

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 10:02 PM EDT2017-07-19 02:02:25 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He was my youngest, he was my baby bear," Tina Myer said about her son that was killed by a distracted driver. It was a distracted driver that killed Tina Myer's son Cody, hitting the 23-year-old as he was working as a flagger at a construction site in December 2015. He suffered severe injuries, and died several months later. Now Myer is joining Governor Inslee, praising a new DUI-E law.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He was my youngest, he was my baby bear," Tina Myer said about her son that was killed by a distracted driver. It was a distracted driver that killed Tina Myer's son Cody, hitting the 23-year-old as he was working as a flagger at a construction site in December 2015. He suffered severe injuries, and died several months later. Now Myer is joining Governor Inslee, praising a new DUI-E law.

    >>
  • Court docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICU

    Court docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICU

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-07-20 00:24:22 GMT
    Court docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICUCourt docs: 3 month old baby with severe brain trauma taken to ICU

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Officers were called to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Friday after receiving word that a three month old baby had arrived at the Intensive Care Unit with severe brain trauma. Court documents say the parents took the baby to the Holy Family Hospital, where the injuries were deemed severe. The baby was then taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart. According to the documents, a CPS caseworker says one 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Officers were called to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Friday after receiving word that a three month old baby had arrived at the Intensive Care Unit with severe brain trauma. Court documents say the parents took the baby to the Holy Family Hospital, where the injuries were deemed severe. The baby was then taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart. According to the documents, a CPS caseworker says one 

    >>
  • Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:57:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • One woman dead after mobile home fire in Elk

    One woman dead after mobile home fire in Elk

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:10 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:10:07 GMT

    ELK, Wash. - One woman is dead after an early morning mobile home fire in Elk, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the fire in the heavily wooded area to find the home engulfed in flames. Two people were inside the home when the flames broke out. Crews say they were alerted by smoke detectors,

    >>

    ELK, Wash. - One woman is dead after an early morning mobile home fire in Elk, Washington.  Firefighters responded to the fire in the heavily wooded area to find the home engulfed in flames. Two people were inside the home when the flames broke out. Crews say they were alerted by smoke detectors,

    >>
  • Family injured in car crash reunites with rescuer who saved baby

    Family injured in car crash reunites with rescuer who saved baby

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-07-20 15:45:09 GMT

    Cora Rose's life turned upside down after she and her family were in a terrible crash Sunday night at the intersection of Division and Sprague. Court documents show the driver who caused the accident, Tomika Smith, had several beers and smoked marijuana just hours before slamming into Rose's van at 50 to 60 miles per hour. 

    >>

    Cora Rose's life turned upside down after she and her family were in a terrible crash Sunday night at the intersection of Division and Sprague. Court documents show the driver who caused the accident, Tomika Smith, had several beers and smoked marijuana just hours before slamming into Rose's van at 50 to 60 miles per hour. 

    >>
  • WATCH: Bear rides motorcycle in Russia

    WATCH: Bear rides motorcycle in Russia

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:37 AM EDT2017-07-20 13:37:26 GMT

    RUSSIA - Drivers in northern Russia got quite a show when two bikers decided to take their motorcycle for a ride. this was no ordinary cruise as the duo had a live bear riding with them in their sidecar.  the very well-trained bear named Tim sat calmly in his seat while even waving at cars and folks passing by. the bikers and their 250-pound bear, are actually part of a traveling circus run by the local bike club that regularly makes appearances. 

    >>

    RUSSIA - Drivers in northern Russia got quite a show when two bikers decided to take their motorcycle for a ride. this was no ordinary cruise as the duo had a live bear riding with them in their sidecar.  the very well-trained bear named Tim sat calmly in his seat while even waving at cars and folks passing by. the bikers and their 250-pound bear, are actually part of a traveling circus run by the local bike club that regularly makes appearances. 

    >>