Rock the Block hoping to cut down on gang violence

ELKHART, Ind. -- A 19-year-old is fighting for his life after he was shot in Elkhart yesterday.

Witnesses say it was gang-related.

Now the community organizer for La Casa is more sure than ever, his team needs to help.

So he is holding a Rock the Block party this Saturday where volunteers will clean up homes that need repair accompanied by food and music

“I grew up on the street where the shooter was running down today,” said Jason Moreno.

Growing up in this neighborhood, Moreno is more determined now than ever to see the south side thrive without violence.

He is hoping this will be a good start to the list of things needed in the area, to make it safer and flourish economically.

“Homeownership, more education opportunities, more job opportunities, safer streets,” said Moreno.

Moreno says it's all about giving people better choices.

“Have options when you come out your doors. Today the option presented was one of violence and Saturday the option presented will be one of community,” said Moreno.

He is already predicting Saturday will be a huge success.

“I can guarantee there will be more participants here working together than there were earlier today working against each other,” said Moreno.

If you would like to help turn the south side around, it is an open invitation to everyone who wants to volunteer.  All of the food and supplies are donated so it is of no cost to the city.

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