Local leaders and residents will take to the streets Saturday to participate in the fourth annual Stop the Violence Hip-Hop Peace Rally and Concert.

The community event honors victims of the Pulse tragedy and those murdered in the City of Orlando and Orange County.

The rally will be held after a violent week.

Two people were shot and killed last Saturday outside a nightclub on Silver Star Road. A few hours later and less than a half-mile away, another man was fatally shot at an apartment complex. An Orange County sheriff’s deputy opened fire on a man who allegedly stabbed a woman outside a home Monday on Karl Lane. On Tuesday, a man was critically injured in another shooting in neighboring Pine Hills.

“Violence is taking a terrible toll on our young people in Orlando,” rally founder Jack Williams Jr. said in a news release. “All of our city’s leaders and parents have to come together to take a stand to stop the violence and to mentor our young people and guide them down the right path in their lives.”

Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill and Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin will join Pastor Derrick McRae, Pastor Stovelleo Stovall and Bishop Kevin Cobaris from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Callahan Neighborhood Center at 101 North Parramore Ave.

The event includes entertainment from the St. John MBC Youth Choir, Duffie, Abby Genius, King General and Young Blacks in Action. There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children and a food giveaway.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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