WADESBORO , N.C. -- Wadesboro residents took to the streets Sunday to protest violence, just days after two men were gunned down in a gang related shooting.
Jerry Rorie, 25, and Marcus Allen, 24, died after a shooting at a house party on Salisbury Street Monday night. Wadesboro police attributed the shooting to neighborhood gangs.
The NAACP led more than 200 people from Salisbury Street to the Lockhart Taylor building several blocks away, calling for an end to violence.
Along the way they chanted, “Stop the violence!” and “Increase the Peace.”
Marcus Allen’s family marched with them.
“It's been real hard because we all love Marcus,” said his sister, LaShay Hilliard. She began to sob as she talked about the murder.
“All this stuff is senseless,” she cried. “It could be over and done with. Just talk about it -- you don't have to fuss, you don't have to fight, you don't have to shoot, kill, or none of that, you know. And it's all over a bunch of senseless stuff that could have been avoided.”
Wadesboro police have not made any arrests in the case, but their chief, Thedis Spencer, joined the march to show he welcomed the support and attention it brought to fighting crime.
“It makes you proud that everyone knows this is not just a police matter, but a community matter,” said Spencer.
North Carolina’s NAACP President brought the crowd to its feet at a rally following the march. Dr. William J. Barber came down to Wadesboro from Raleigh to speak.
“We must understand that more guns are not the answer,” he shouted to the applauding crowd. “Once that bullet comes out of the barrel it has no eyes.”
Barber made the point that more young black men have died in street violence in the last 10 years than in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“What we need is to remove this glorification of guns, of violence, of killing,” he said.
He told the crowd that the solution is for those concerned about violence –- especially those who have lived a lawless life -- to get out in the community and work with youth to turn their lives towards good.
Marcus Allen’s sister hopes the march makes an impression.
“I think everybody got something from it,” she said through her tears. “Because you have two lives that were taken over nothing.”