SPRINGDALE, AR (KNWA) – After three gang related shootings in four weeks that killed two young adults, one local man is calling on other residents to take action.
Irvin Camacho posted a video on Facebook Wednesday night. In less than 24 hours it already had over 7,500 views, and was shared over 120 times.
“If you just stand there and be a bystander in the community, nothing ever gets done,” he says.
Camacho says he feels compelled to bring his community together.
“One of my friends actually came up with the idea of doing a peace march,” said Camacho in a video posted to Facebook. Camacho also announced a peace march will be held on April 21 at Luther George Park with a 6 p.m. start time.
“A lot of people think that Springdale is a dangerous city because of the recent actions that have been happening,” said Camacho.
Camacho is referring to two shootings in the past month that killed two men just blocks apart.
“I don’t think that gangs are a problem in Springdale. I think it’s more individual crimes of people,” said Camacho.
His plans for a peace march are taking off.
“This is exactly what we need and what everybody wants to see,” said Jonathan Perrodin.
Perrodin is a founding member of Team Springdale. The organization is dedicated to positively impacting the city through community engagement and social media.
“It’s just really sad to see people in our city fighting with each other. As Team Springdale, we just hope to get as many people there as possible and to make it the most successful event that it can be,” added Perrodin.
The plan is to unite the community against violence and show support for the families affected by the recent shootings.
“But at the same time, I want to show people that the Latinos should not be labeled as gangsters or as dangerous people just because of the actions of few,” said Camacho.
The march will start at Luther Grove Park off of Emma Street in Springdale. It will continue to the location of the first shooting on Applegate Drive and then on to Savage Street, where the second shooting happened. The march will then head back to the park.