Hundreds gather for anti-violence rally

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Hundreds gathered at Hara Arena Saturday to support victims and families affected by gang, street, and domestic violence.

“Living to Move Forward” was the theme of the anti-violence rally.

People shared stories of survival and speakers discussed ways to deal with grief and to channel feelings into something positive.

“This is a day of healing today for those who have had family members affected by victims of crime,” said Carolina Mallard of Victory in Power Ministries. “Get involved, become aware, know your neighbors, know what’s going on. We live next to people and we don’t even know their names.”

Members of law enforcement, the State Attorney General’s Office, and local leaders gathered with attendees outside for a balloon launch honoring victims of crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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