Peacemakers try to curb violence in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va (WDBJ7) A group of canvassers hit the pavement Sunday to speak out against violence in Roanoke.

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The Peacemakers, as they call themselves, have just one mission: to help stop violence in their communities.

Speaking out against violence is not out of the ordinary for the group but now they have added a new touch: red ribbons.

“We take these ribbons out into the community and we ask people to tie them on their door. It shows that all of us are in solidarity of stopping the violence,” said lead organizer Shawn Hunter.

This comes shortly after the Mayor of Roanoke announced a new “60 Days of No Violence” campaign. Now on the fourth day of the campaign, volunteers took the streets to talk to neighbors and spread awareness.

Roanoke City Police say shots fired calls to 911 are up 87 percent in Roanoke since this time last year. Hunter says it is important that the violence stops now. They are hoping that the ribbons and continued conversation will help.

“Hopefully these ribbons will help that angel of death pass right by that house,” said Hunter.

They will be out here again every Sunday moving forward. To get involved you can email shawnhunter277@yahoo.com or call (540)278-3551.