Residents March In OTR To Bring Attention To 'All The Madness In Our City'

Jul 25, 2019

About 100 people marched through the streets of Over-the-Rhine near Grant Park Thursday against the recent spike in violence that has claimed nearly two dozen lives in the city.

They chanted "let's stop the shooting" and "let's stop the murder" while carrying signs that read "enough is enough" and "all lives matter."

Many of those marching were young people, some of them students at Taft and Woodward high schools.  

Two of those killed in the recent violence were 14-year-olds.  

That got the attention of Dorron Hunter, who's a community outreach advocate for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.

"So what I wanted to do, you know, because these young men live here, I want them to be able to feel safe about where they go to school in their community," Hunter said. "And I think the only way we can do that is to keep bringing attention to all the madness that's going on in our city."

The march also highlighted a mentoring program for young people that encourages teens to stay in school and also takes them on field trips to expose them to college life.

"We want them to live and grow up, go to college and do things," Hunter said. "There is a different way to do things than what we're seeing. Guns are not the way. So, if we can just put in somebody's mind, if you can get a good education that can change the whole course of your life."

Hunter also wants to encourage open communication with young people to learn more about the causes of violence from their perspective and ways to combat it.