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Mexicans, Americans 'Caravan For Peace'

SAN ANTONIO - A group of Mexican and U.S. citizens are taking a tour across the United States, backing a movement for peace.

The group, traveling with 120 participants, is called the "Caravan For Peace" and on Friday they made a stop in San Antonio at St. Leonard's Catholic Church on Zarzamora Road.

One of the participants, Arturo Malvido Conway, said he's traveling with the group because of his brother, Rafael, who was killed in Mexico City 14 years ago.

"It hurts me a lot," Conway said. "It's not easy for all of us."

To this day, Conway said they still don't have any answers, but he said he knows that if the U.S. would regulate gun trafficking, the violence across the border wouldn't be as bad as it is today.

"America needs to change that policy," said Conway. "And, have the philosophy of more love, not more hate, in the humans."

Conway is touring the United States with the Caravan For Peace in hopes of sharing his story about his brother. Conway and the other participants are making stop in about 27 cities in an effort to raise awareness not only about the dangers of trafficking weapons but also about the violence. They say it is caused by the war on drugs here in the U.S.

"Those who have been murdered by the border patrol and those who have been hearing that a lot are missing," said Marco Castillo Martinez with the Caravan for Peace. "So, it's very clear for us that it's a problem for both the United States and Mexico.

The group is hoping the dialogue exchanged throughout the tour will promote justice and changes in policies here and abroad.

The next stop is Austin. The group leaves Saturday and will make a few more stops after that until they complete the tour in Washington D.C. by September 12.

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