Local community gathers to remember victim of gun violence

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The family of a Benton Harbor shooting victim held an event on Thursday called “Together We Stand Against Gun Violence.”

Family members and members the community got together to remember 27-year-old Brandon Williams, a Niles man who lost his life in a mass shooting at Kelly’s Pub last summer in South Bend.

Organizers of the event say that they want to have a conversation about the impact gun violence has on the community and how it can be addressed.

“My goal and I think a lot of our goals in here, is pertaining to the youth,” Tiara Williams said, the sister of Brandon Williams. “A lot of the gun violence that’s happening is teenagers, young adults, people in their twenties, so I think us starting with the youth is our goal.”

Williams’ sister even started a non-profit called “Tattoo the World” aimed at bringing comfort to families who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

The event ran from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and was held at the Benton Harbor Library.

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