It all began with a prayer and then a Ceasefire march...Folks speaking out against violence that's hit a little too close to home. "He was killed three years ago with gang violence, he was shot and he didn't survive the surgery," said Rockford Parent Maria Lopez. A tragedy that cut life short for 25-year-old Louis Lopez...Pictured on his mom's T-shirt Saturday. "I think about him alot, sometimes I cry alot and sometimes I feel angry," Lopez said. But Lopez found out Saturday that she's not alone with those feelings. She marched along with people just like her, who've lost family members to violence. And later amred with a megaphone shared her story with them in hopes of making a connection. There are support groups out there. But really at the moment you really don't find people to talk too," Lopez said.
Finding people to talk to was the ultimate goal of Saturday's Ceasefire event. And while it won't bring back innocent victims, like Louis Lopez... It's at least a step forward to help mend an unimaginable pain. Saturday's event was just the beginning in helping these folks cope with their loss. A support group kicks of next weekend to continue the dialogue about life after losing a loved one to violence. The first meeting is Sept. 29 at 8 a-m at the Rockford Ceasefire Office.