“Stop the Violence” event expected to draw in 1,000 supporters

“Stop the Violence” event expected to draw in 1,000 supporters

YAKIMA, WA — For just a few hours Saturday, Miller Park will not look the same. Yakima Unity is hosting the “Stop the Violence” event in response to a rash of fatal shootings seen in the Yakima-area. In late March, two Moneytree employees were found shot to death, and earlier this month, three more were killed in just one weekend.

Five violent deaths in under the span of a few weeks prompted the group to reach out to every corner of the community to show that it violence will not tear it apart — but in fact, make it stronger.

“I feel like if we step in and we make a stand and we take our community back and let them know that we care about each other and we don’t want things like that to happen, that is stopping the violence itself,” said event organizer Laura Curiel.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.