Members of Springfield community come together for anti-violence protest

The march began and ended at Blessed Sacrament church on Waverly Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield has now become home to a second anti-violence protest march this weekend. On Saturday, grieving loved ones of murder victims rallied and marched through the Mason Square neighborhood.

On Sunday, dozens of concerned and fed up citizens marched through the streets of Springfield’s North End neighborhood.

They call themselves the Greater Springfield Nonviolence Committee.

Their numbers include neighbors like Jeiny Pozo, who told 22News, “Everybody who lives here should be involved and get together against crime and violence.”

Others came out of the pain that won’t go away from losing a loved one, or to honor a police officer gunned down in the line of duty years ago.

As they carried the banner extolling non-violence, marchers were outspoken in their contempt for what’s been happening to the city they love.

Springfield resident Peter Wells told 22News, “I joined this group to make it clear that enough is enough. We want to see an end to the violence. We only want peace in our streets, peace in our homes, and peace in our city.”

The march began and ended at Blessed Sacrament church on Waverly Street. Marchers expressed the hope that, during their purposeful walk, they might have made a difference and changed a few hearts.