Forgive, don’t hate. That was the message behind a rally at the Liberty Pole Friday in honor of Lawrence Richardson.
Richardson was a youth empowerment leader at the Center for Youth. He was helping others leave the violent lifestyle they were living on the streets. Much like he did. But last week, he was gunned down on Dayton Street in a triple shooting. Lawrence died.
The community rallied against and asking people to learn to forgive to stop the hate. Close to 150 people were at the Liberty Pole Friday evening. The rally was organized by Teen Empowerment to remember Richardson, but the rally was also to stop the violence that took his life.
The rally started with everyone linking arms to represent unity. About a dozen speakers got up to give a message of non-violence and how that can only be reached by coming together.