ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The recent violence, including eight murders last month, is prompting the father of a local homicide victim to act. He's now working with families affected by some of the city's most heinous crimes to stop the attacks.
Donald Wright and his wife Rosemary have put together a P.E.A.C.E concert: People Empowered Against Criminal Environments. The event is designed to honor their son Brandon Wright, who was shot in his car in November 2011. The concert will also be a way to unite people from all walks of life on the community for a discussion on violence. During the event, several speakers who have been victims of violence will share their stories, including Rey Cardino. His parents were murdered by a home invader in 2009. The Wrights hope more people will begin to consider the impact of their choices.
“We don’t need other families, no other families, to come down the street where we live at, where there's grief and hurt and loss and just tremendous pain," says Donald Wright.
“We’re just asking you to sit down and think, really think about the choices you make and we hope we can reach out to you and stop some of the gun violence and other violence in this area that has affected so many families," says Rosemary Wright.
The man accused of killing Brandon Wright, Luis Anaya, is still on the run from police.
The concert will be held at the Sinissippi Band Shell on Saturday August, 10th from 12pm to 5pm. It’s free and will include food, music, face painting, games for kids, and several informational booths.
Speakers will include Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, Rockford Police Chet Epperson, Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen, Chief Executive Officer at the Rockford Housing Authority Ron Clewer, and others. Musicians will include the New Life Band, Dirtee Sheetz, and Harlan Jefferson.