Local organization holds murder stand down

The murder stand down honored Eric Brownlee

PEORIA, Ill. -

Eric Brownlee's death marked the eighth homicide this year. Tuesday, the Peoria community against violence held a murder stand down in his honor    


 By September of 2016 eight people in Peoria had been killed by Gun Violence. Now, in 2017 that number is the same.

 Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) is a organization that strives to end gun violence in the Peoria area

 Tuesday, members of the organization gathered to honor Brownlee.

His family wasn’t there but several community members said that they’re tired and they don’t want to see an increase in the killings this year.

Gloria Clark, PCAV Co-Chairperson said, “we want a safe environment, we want a safe community for our children to play in, we want a safe community for our seniors and that’s what it’s all about. We don’t want people to go to bed scared at night.”

This rally was an opportunity for people to speak their mind

Clifford Holloway, the cousin of 22 year old Deauante Banks said, "I feel that Peoria is going through a thing where if we don’t do anything to stop it. It’s going to destroy us”

Banks was killed in a shooting over Memorial Day weekend.

If you’re interested in getting involved in PCAV's fight against gun violence they will be holding a community peace walk, Friday at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran church from 6 to 7 p.m.


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