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Mamas Against Violence hold annual march in South Bend

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Over a hundred people gathered to march with Mamas Against Violence Over a hundred people gathered to march with Mamas Against Violence
Over a hundred people gathered for the annual Mamas Against Violence (MAV) march in South Bend on Saturday morning. MAV is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing encouragement and support to families who have lost a loved one because of a violent crime.

MAV is a non-profit organization started in 2003. One of the founders, Bobbie Woods, lost her son to gun violence and has been on a mission ever since. "My message has always been and has not changed that this is a community issue," Woods said.

South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman couldn't agree more with that statement. He was happy to see so many community members showing their support to stop violence in South Bend. "It's more than nice, it's essential that we have the community engaged,” Teachman said.

The march began at Muessel Grove Park and ended at Faith Apostolic Church. Dionne Wade was one of the marchers. Her son was killed in 2010 and her brother killed in 2013. "No mother wants another mother to go through what we've gone through," Wade said.

Wade says in the four years since her son has passed, she has become much stronger in being able to share her story. She credits that to Bobbie Wood and the MAV. "Bobbie made the statement that 'my son is dead,' And she said 'I'm out here trying to save theirs,'” Wade said. “That's what people don't understand. It's not jut about being seen or trying to be apart of something good, we're really trying to make a difference."

This was the 11th march Against Violence by the MAV. Woods says the march in 2003 and this year's had the largest turnout. She was grateful to see the people out marching on Saturday morning, but says the number should have been greater. "Hopefully it doesn't take another two-year-old's life, or another 18-year-old or another individual period for them to come out. We need to be proactive instead of reactive,” Wood said.

Besides community members a number of local city officials were also in attendance including Common Council Members Henry Davis. Jr. and Tim Scott. Deputy Mayor Mark Neal also marched and spoke to the crowd.

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