'Walk for Peace' calls for action to end the violence plaguing the city
New Yorkers marched from Manhattan to the Bronx Sunday to call for an end to the violence that is seen all across the city.
The "Walk for Peace" ended right across from Bronx Community College in University Heights, but it had started just down the block from where a deadly shooting took place.
"We're losing our family, we're losing everyone, we don't know how to come out to the street anymore. I'm afraid to send my children to school. My son is autistic and he's innocent. I'm here for him," said participant Elizabeth Rosario, a teacher in the Bronx.
Rosario added that is why she came out to march along with her neighbors, politicians and groups like Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence.
The walk was also organized to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Assembly Member Yudelka Tapia said Bronx residents have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim to a crime while walking in the Fordham area.
Resident Paul Rivera said he is unhappy with how the city is handling the crime problem. Armed with a bull horn, he protested at the march by shouting that the police need more funding.
"I'm a taxi advocate, I'm a TLC driver, we're getting murdered in the streets, but it's OK to murder the taxi driver because it's just a taxi driver, right? But I'm more than a taxi driver. I'm a human being," Rivera said. "You can't say, 'defund the police' and then ask for safety."
Mayor Eric Adams, who was also present, said he will meet with district attorneys, defense attorneys and prosecutors in the coming weeks to see how they can work together to keep guns off the street.