Last year's "Let Me Live" rally came on the heels of a few violent acts in the community. There was a shooting in late December that left a young man dead on Fair Oaks, then a couple of weeks later two more young men were gunned down and others were wounded as gang violence erupted between a Pasadena gang and Duarte gang.
On July 5, 2016, four-year-old Salvador Esparza III was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Altadena over an earlier argument that escalated to the young boy being murdered.
The park was full of young adults who wanted to be heard. The rallied at La Pintoresca from 6 to 7 then marched to the Pasadena Courthouse.
At seven more adults arrived at the park and Pastor King of Loveland Church kicked it off at 7pm with a prayer. There were several prominent church leaders on hand including Ray Stoval of Faithworks, Pastor John of Victory Bible and Ty Snow and Xtreme Purpose entertained with gospel music. Jarvis Emerson from Robinson Center spoke of peace and unity.
This year we are celebrating a peaceful summer that had very little violence and no children or young adults were killed.
The "Let Me Live" rally is a way to connect the community with law enforcement and last year community members were able to communicate with officers and city officials in a way they hadn't been able to.
There will be entertainment, games, discussions and most of all fun. "Let Me Live" t-shirts will be given to the first 100 people to arrive.