West End residents march against violent crime

People living in Winnipeg's West End took to the streets on Tuesday evening to show they don't tolerate violence in their neighbourhood.
People living in Winnipeg's West End march in the streets to show they don't tolerate violent crime in their neighbourhood. 1:07

People living in Winnipeg's West End took to the streets on Tuesday evening to show they don't tolerate violent crime in their neighbourhood.

Hundreds walked, chanted and held signs in the annual West End March Against Violence to show support for families that have been victimized by violence in the area.

Among those who took part in the march was Mary Ross, whose nephew, Clarence Ross, was fatally beaten near Sargent Avenue and Sherbrook Street in May 2012.

A man and a woman have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with his death.

Mary Ross said it was difficult to deal with her nephew's death.

"I kind of blacked out. I don't remember anything," she said.

Families are not the only ones that are impacted by violence, said Jamil Mahmoud of the Spence Neighbourhood Association.

"There's neighbours, there's people on the same blocks where violence happened — they're all affected, right?" he said.

"If you don't feel safe to come out of your doors, then that's a problem."

The march also celebrated what community members have done to combat violence, from discussing safety to holding neighbourhood barbecues, said Mahmoud.

He added that statistics have shown violent crime is starting to decline in the area.

Mary Ross said she is organizing a social this week to raise money for a tombstone for her nephew. The social will be held Friday evening at the Legion on Sargent Avenue and McGee Street.


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