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Oct. 10 vigil, march to protest violence

"There are three kinds of people," says Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder. "The victims of violent crimes, those who know a victim of violent crime and people who are just committed to their community."

All three will have a chance to protest violent crimes and support victims on Tuesday, Oct. 10, during a vigil and march in downtown Sunnyside.

An effort led by Yakima-based Barrios Unidos with cooperation from the city of Sunnyside, the Oct. 10 event will begin with information displays at Central Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Radder said the display booths may range from the police department to representatives from crisis center and victim advocacy programs.

At 7 p.m. the crowd will move to the Centennial Square gazebo to hear a few short speeches and hold a candle light vigil. After that, a march will proceed to Harrison Avenue, then back to Central Park.

Radder said there will be no street closures for the march, though police will accompany the marchers on what he called a "rolling road block" to momentarily stop traffic if necessary.

"It's an opportunity for people to come out and take a stand against violence; gang, domestic and random acts of violence," Radder said. "We appreciate the grassroots effort and expect there could be quite a few people."

Barrios Unidos has conducted similar events in the Upper Valley, said coordinator Christina Pelayo, and was asked by local residents here to hold a vigil and march in Sunnyside.

For more information on the Oct. 10 event or Barrios Unidos call 509-469-7138.

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