Photos by Kristi Petrillo, Staff Photographer
Participants for the “March 4 Peace” gathered on Saturday at Clara Muhammad Park and marched to the corner of 40th and Lancaster Avenue.
In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. held a “Freedom Now” rally on this corner. With a mural commemorating that rally as the backdrop, family members of victims of gun violence in Philadelphia gathered in support of each other and to raise their voices in memory of those who have been lost.
The Philadelphia Masjid Jawala Scouts Troop- Al Ikwan led the marchers to Lancaster Avenue.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross waved to spectators during the march down Lancaster Avenue.
Lisa Espinosa carried a sign with an image of her son, Raymond Pantoja, who was killed in 2016.
People stopped on the sidewalk and watched the march go by.
Movita Johnson-Harrell, CEO of The CHARLES Foundation, carried a photograph of her son, Charles Andre’ Johnson, who was killed in 2011.
A woman gazed out of a window of a business on Lancaster Avenue at the march going by.
Some people watching on the sidewalk shouted words of support at the marchers.
The first to arrive at the corner of 40th and Lancaster Avenue, a young man, paused and read the plaque on the sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr.
A young marcher stood away from the crowd and watched as the rally began.
A member of Muslims for Humanity thanked everyone who participated in the march and welcomed them to the rally.
Movita Johnson-Harrell, CEO of The CHARLES Foundation.
The Democratic candidate for District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson.
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.
Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God’s Call.
Lisa Espinosa, mother of Raymond Pantoja, who was killed in 2016.
Yullio Robbins (center), cheered in support of Lisa Espinosa’s words and held a poster with photographs of her son, James Walke, who was killed in 2016.
Kathy Lee talked about her son, Justin Reyes, who was killed in 2011.
Stephen J. Hill, who was killed in 2011, was remembered by his sister at the rally.