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 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.