Community group makes a plea to end violence in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Dozens gathered at Redemption Fellowship Church in Milwaukee on Saturday, December 7th in an effort to stop violence and promote community healing.

The group hopes to make an impact with their Heal the Community project.

"We have to get ahead of the curve," said community activist Tory Lowe. "We have to stop waiting until it's our turn and get out here and help."

One by one, those in attendance shared their personal stories of tragedy. Lisa Fanroy lost her son, Christopher Gray, just weeks ago after he walked in on his home being burglarized.

"It's like you have this pain inside and you don't even know how to deal with it," said Fanroy. "I'm still grieving. It's so surreal. I still can't believe it."

Organizers hope each person can find comfort and strength in the words of others.

"The focus is just healing after these crimes and next steps and continue bringing the people together and lifting each other up," said Gracelyn Wilson with the NW Side Community Development Corp.

"It all starts with healing and effective healing is progress in moving forward," said Lowe.

This is the second year for the Heal the Community event. Organizers are planning similar events around the community for later this month.