Locals gather for Good Friday Walk of Justice in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dozens of people gathered to pray for the Good Friday Walk of Justice.

This year's walk commemorated the life of Jaime Gonzalez, who was shot and killed two days short of his 20th birthday. Gonzalez was shot late on March 7 and died from a gunshot wound at his home in south Rockford.

"It's important when we are doing it and where we're doing it," said Stephen Bowie, pastor for Third Presbyterian Church. "In the world, so much of what we experience here in Rockford and other places happens right here in the streets. But we're standing witness against that kind of violence happening to anyone, particularly our young people here in the city."

Leaders from Rockford churches and urban ministries hoisted a wooden cross and lead the community in prayer. Walkers then stopped at 14 community destinations to pray.