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UPDATED: Anti-Violence March At ECU, Parents Of Victims Speak

Fifteen members of Landon Blackley's family among hundreds of students and citizens of Greenville showed up to march the streets of downtown .

Speaking with their feet, people marched to take a stand against the recent violence happening in the downtown streets after Blackley and Andrew Kirby were shot and killed one week ago.

The parents of Landon Blackley showed up to the march and it was hard not to get emotional--coming to the very spot where their son was shot. It was nearly impossible for everyone to hold back tears, when the girlfriend of Andrew Kirby spoke out for the first time, since his death.

Tears flowed and candle lights flickered during a vigil to honor the lives of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley. Making the trip from Oxford, North Carolina, 15 members of the Blackley family attended the vigil. Lennie Blackley, Landon's father said a few words.

Before the vigil the family signed a large banner bearing names of over one hundred that marched the streets to put an end to violence. Step-by-step, people marched from The Other Place night club where the two men where shot one week ago to the campus of East Carolina University ending at the Cupola. For ECU Chancellor, Steve Ballard..he was forced to choke back tears.

People came together at the end of the evening, holding hands, and hugging beneath the Cupola on campus. Normally a landmark amidst the quad, now becomes a beacon of hope for the future.

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The Student Government Association at ECU has planned a march against violence that starts where two men were gunned down last week.

People will meet at the Other Place night club on 5th St. in Greenville at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the march, which will proceed to the cupola on the campus of East Carolina University. There, they will hold a candlelight vigil.

An ECU student was one of the two men killed in a drive-by shooting in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 29. Landon Blackley would have been a senior this fall.

Andrew Kirby, the manager at Michelangelo's Pizza on 5th St., also died after getting shot. Police say both men were innocent bystanders.

"This event is not just for students," said Brad Congleton, president of the Student Government Association. "We'd like community leaders and community members who want to come out and show support against violence and crime to attend and walk with us."

The Student Government Association says ECU and Greenville Police will escort the march.


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