by LESLIE HANNON
(ROCHESTER NY--) September 25th marked the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The event hosted by Roc the Peace featured artistic performances and testimony from those whose lives have been touched by violence in Rochester.
Residents of Rochester gathered at MLK Park to honor lives lost to violence.
Family members of ZaQuan Jackson talk about the devastation of their loss. ZaQuan was beaten after an altercation on August 23rd, 2020 and passed away 4 days later.
Local musician Dee Ponder sang a stirring rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come”
Pastor Melvin Cross from Pathways to Peace leads the crowd in a prayer
Dancers from Dunwoody Dance Studio performed dance solos
Members of Roc the Peace read names of murder victims from Rochester and beyond
Family members of those lost to violence construct a memorial in the old fountain at MLK Park
LESLIE HANNON is a photographer and volunteer contributor for Reclaiming the Narrative.