East side church hosts prayer, peace walk after rise in shootings

SAN ANTONIO – The east side community is still mourning the death of John Edward Burton, the 19-year-old found fatally shot outside of a church earlier this week.

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Saturday, community members and leaders came together to take a stand against the recent violence.

"These streets are for living in not dying in," Natalie Hardy, one of the people who helped organize the Prayer Peace Walk said.

Community members joined, rallying around a single message: Enough is enough.

"There's so much violence in this part of town and it should not be happening," Hardy said. "We should be living here in peace and people should be able to go out of their houses do what they need to do without fear."

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Hardy along with other families on the est side stood side-by-side with the SAPD chief and Bexar County Sheriff.

Community members and community leaders said events like these are so important to make their communities and make their neighborhoods a better place.

"I have seen some of the greatest success of neighborhoods when people get involved, they take pride in their neighborhood -- they get involved, they get out, they meet their neighbors," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.

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And community leaders said they aren't going to give up trying to make their streets a safer place.

"We are not going to stop and we are going to continue to open up our voice until these gang members, or whatever they are called -- we need to reach out to them," Pastor Jimmy Robles of the non-profit group Bridging the Gap said.

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Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.