Organizers hope rally will stop violence in community

By Beau Ebenezer

August 17, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Community leaders are trying to put an end to violence with their annual rally.

They did so by walking the streets of Peoria's south side this afternoon.

Dozens of Peoria-area residents marched from Manual High School to John H. Gwynn Junior Park.

It was part of the 9th annual "I Had A Dream" outreach rally.

Organizers said they hope their hands-on approach will prevent future violence in their community.

"I have children myself so I care if a life is being lost," said Coordinator Tamerra Henderson. "I have grandchildren. I want them to grow up in a community that is safe and a community where they can play and laugh. I don't want them to have to dodge bullets. They don't have to be afraid to go to the playground."

Following the march, everyone was invited to the park for free food and live music, which was donated by local churches and businesses.

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