On Aug. 15, 2012 We lost such a beautiful person so full of life Rashad Lesley-Barnes, lost his life in a senseless act of violence. Just 24 years old. Simply on his way to work and was attacked for no reaason at all. Although we miss Rashad dearly we try our best to keep his name alive. We're truly humbled to see how many people loved and cherished him. Everywhere he went he brought forth such peaceful and postive vibes. Here on earth and even through his death he brought many people together. We will forever miss his presence here on earth, but knowing that his spirit will always live within us gives us some peace. With that being said "The Barnes Family" are asking all who love Rashad to support us to WALK + DONATE to “Team Rashad" This will be our 7th year walking in memory of Rashad! We want to take something negative and turn it into a positive by bringing awareness to the violence that is still happening in our communities. It’s something that seriously affects the inner city of Boston. We need to support each other and come together as one. This walk showcases all the lives taken over the years. And that we need to bring PEACE back into the inner city. Any amount counts and we hope to see you all walk and support "Team Rashad" #LoveIsLove!!
Every year in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate people directly impacted by that loss. It is safe to say each year there are at least 150,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to a traumatic death such as murder. This is not including extended family members, classmates/colleagues, teachers/students, entire communities. Nor does this number include families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. Together we can heal and have an impact.
Rise Up! Walk with us. The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-three years later, the Mother’s Day Walk continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our partners in peacemaking. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. We hope you will help us raise our goal of $400,000 so we can continue to work to tip the scale toward justice for families and communities that are stigmatized by murder.
All walkers must register. Registration cost this year is $10 per walker, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration fees go to help us reach our goal of $400,000 to sustain our programs and services.