ELKHART — A group of Elkhart residents working to end violence in the city will gather to spread a message of peace this weekend.
Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice will hold its fourth annual peace parade beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
The march will begin at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 800 E. Hively Ave., and will proceed to Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie St., where more marchers can join at 3 p.m. if they do not want to walk the entire length of the parade.
The parade will continue to Civic Plaza on Main Street, where marchers will gather for songs and prayer. Brian Wiebe, executive director of the Horizon Education Alliance, will address the group.
The names of the people who have died violent deaths in Elkhart over the last several years will be read for a moment of remembrance, said Louise Claassen, a member of Elkhart Advocates for Peace and Justice.
"We want to remember those that have died violent deaths and pray for this kind of shooting to stop," Claassen said.
Representatives for other local anti-violence organizations will also be at the event to discuss their initiatives, she said.
The public is welcome to join the event at any point along the parade and at Civic Plaza.