In response to a series of shooting deaths in Central and Southeast Seattle, hundreds of people took to the streets Thursday evening to address the recent surge in Black on Black crime. In less than two weeks, five people have been murdered, and the police and neighbors fear that it may only be tip of the iceberg.
“Let’s heal the hood,” said Ferl Davis, in a text message sent out to hundreds of people about the event. “It’s time to ride for the town in a new way, and show them that we are united.”
The group assembled at the corner of 23rd and Union for the “Heal The Hood” march in an effort to help reduce the violence that has been plaguing our streets. The group marched down 23rd Avenue to Jackson Street, as they chanted “Save our youth.” The group then proceeded to march up Jackson Street to Flo Ware Park on 28th & Jackson – the site of one of the recent shootings took place — where they held a brief rally.
In response to the rash of shootings, Seattle Police say they are stepping up patrols in the area.
Another march is schedule for this Sat., Mar 3 at 8:00 a.m. The march will also start on the corner of 23rd & Union.