'Pack the Park' promotes peace

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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 8:00pm

One North Baton Rouge neighborhood came out Saturday to 'Pack the Park' the message: stand up against violence.More than fifty families visited BREC's Saia Park off Florida Blvd. to show they are tired of crime.

Kids danced and played in the park enjoying a safe space without guns or violence.

"The murder rate is very high in Baton Rouge right now. A lot of people are dying every year for stupid events," Mariah Gray, 13 who lives in Baton Rouge, explained.

Gray said it's a message kids really need to hear.

"It upsets me, because you are supposed to feel at home but you really don't," Gray said.

Gray believes more kids need to step up and speak out against violence.

"You get murdered for nothing you can be assaulted for nothing," Gray described.

Law enforcement officers set up an experiment to show event goers just how dangerous a gun can be.

"It's extremely important because we live in a video game generation. So many kids are used to hitting the reset button after they get killed or after they die. This shows that guns do permanent real damage," Vernon Scott, with the Constable's office, explained.

"It's not right for others to shoot other people because, no one would like it if someone was to come shoot them. We have to treat others the way we want to be treated," Jayron Lolis,12 who lives in Baton Rouge, said.

The kids at 'Pack the Park' decided to have fun instead of staying scared. They wanted the chance to celebrate their community coming together.

"Because we have to enjoy life while we can," Lolis said.

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