Roanoke City to host community event, remembering loved ones lost to gun violence

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - This Sunday, July 14th, the community and Roanoke City Government will be joining forces to remember those lost as a result of gun violence. The event is called Roanoke Remembers: Healing the Wounds of Gun Violence.

Anyone can come to the William Fleming High School Auditorium at 4 p.m. for the event. You'll have the chance to place pictures of loved ones on a memorial wall and then at 5 p.m., there will be a program featuring poets, singers, dancers, and storytellers, using art to bring healing.

"It's really an opportunity for the city to come together in solidarity, to bring the healing power that we have as human beings," Joe Cobb, one of the creators of Roanoke Remembers and Vice-Mayor for the City of Roanoke, said.

There will be four speakers at the event who lost loved ones to gun violence. Grief counselors will also be present.