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Victims of violence call for peace in the community

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A call for peace in the community.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday in Finlay Park calling for an end to the violence in Columbia.

Sunday's vigil kicks off Columbia's Youth Violence Prevention Week.

The event is about raising awareness and educating students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public on effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.

Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine initiated the city's involvement with National Youth Violence Prevention Week years ago.

This is the 11th year for the vigil and Mayor Steve Benjamin says it's more than rhetoric, it's about results.

"We are on track to have over 600 people participating in youth baseball, softball and rugby,"  Benjamin said. "This is part of an endeavor that is purely focused on making sure that young people and children have the opportunity to be children."  

Students and parents also read pledges from yellow pieces of paper saying they will be non-violent peacemakers.

On Monday there will be a violence prevention fair at the Earlewood Park Community Center, located at 1113 Parkside Dr., from 6-8 p.m.

For more information on Youth Violence Prevention Week activities, call Parks and Recreation at 803-545-3100 or visit www.columbiasc.net.

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