Vigil to remember fallen victims of gang violence
A candlelight vigil and peace prayer to end violence will honor loved ones who have fallen victim to gang violence. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Building Strathmore, 23124 Avenue 196, in Strathmore.
“Our youth need a voice and so do the victims,” said Mary Martinez, spokesperson for Mothers United Against Gang Violence, the host of the event. “Communities are coming together to make a difference for our youth.”
MUAGV, will be there to support the cause in memory of Michael Andrew Avalos, and all those who have died due to gang violence.
“We are here for our sister cities, and surviving families,” Martinez said.
The event will include a peace march, gospel music, and speakers, including two pastors, and Daniel Longoria, who will be sharing his expertise in gang prevention.
The evening will begin with a balloon launch in memory of all the victims who have died.
Anyone who has lost a loved one is asked to arrive with a helium-filled balloon with the loved one’s name and a message written on it.