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"I cried. I cried like a baby. None of us ever knows who's it gonna be the next day, and that really hit home because she's like a sister to me."

Community activist Sonya Arrington was shaken by the call that a good friend of hers was shot outside McKinley Elementary.

It brought back memories of when her son was gunned down three years ago.

Her latest call to action was the Million Mom March, which she organized with other members of Mothers Against Teen Violence (MATV). It was a cry out against the violence that she's all too familiar with.

"It doesn't have to be my child, it could be anyone's child who gets shot, I'm gonna get that call so its taking me back to what happened to my son every day," Arrington said.

Sonya admitted that after she got the news of the latest shooting, she was discouraged; but she picked her head up, and got back to work.

"I'm gonna continue to do what I do, but... I'm hoping the community bands with me and joins with me because we have to do this together," she said. 

She had plenty of support at the rally.

"This is our community so it's all of our problems, not just the moms, not just the dads, it's all of our issue," said rallier Vicky Jones,  a co-pastor at the New Life and Spirit Revival Center.

District Attorney Jack Daneri was at the rally, too, and he said he appreciates what MATV is doing in the community. "Law enforcement can only do so much," he said, "and what Sonya has done is gathered people around who understand and are willing to be part of that solution."

Of course anyone was welcome to march, but MATV had a reason behind targeting moms.

"90 percent of the mothers in the inner city are the mothers and the fathers of the young men and women out here," she said. 

It was mostly adults who answered the call, but the teens who were there spoke about their fears.

"For me my heart just drops because... it could be someone I know and it's just scary to think that could happen," said McDowell Freshman Taylor Wegelin. 

"Kids are becoming a lot more violent lately and it's really sad because it could happen to one of us because its so close to us," said her classmate Monet Rexford, who sang a song at the rally. 

Peace is an ongoing process, but in Erie, MATV is inspiring steadfast soldiers in the war against violence.

That's what Pastor Vicky Jones is holding on to. "We're gonna be out there, were gonna be active, and I believe that by the help of God we will restore peace."

 

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