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Hundreds in Cape Girardeau march to end violence

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

Hundreds took to the streets in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, July 30 to march against violence.

The march was organized by the group called SNAP, which stands for Stop Needless Acts of Violence Please.

The march began Saturday morning at Indian Park. The group then walked 2.7 miles through various neighborhoods and streets, eventually making it to Ranney Park.

"Justice," Felice Roberson said. "We're seeking justice." 

Along the way, those marching stopped at different locations where 16 people had been killed in different violent crimes since 2002.

As they stopped at each location, the group honored the victims by installing a cross and saying a prayer.

The second stop made along the march was the spot where two men were shot and killed in August of 2014 on South Middle Street. Those two men were Zatrun Twiggs and Detavian Richardson. Two crosses were placed right next to each other near the spot they were at when they were shot.

"My son had a wife and he had just had a baby," Pam Robinson, mother of Twiggs, said. "They both were good children. We love and miss them."

Some of the victims' family members also talked about how important it is to stop the violence, stop the hate and stop the racial discrimination.

"We love Cape Girardeau and this is not what we want to represent for our city," Roberson said. "We want the cleansing to come and the peace to come."

Many spoke about unity and the importance of coming together.

"To see the people, the love that is shown here. You know what? If we all show love to each other, it would be a better place," a family member for one of the victims said.

Cape Girardeau Police Department had officers on hand during the march to help with stopping and directing traffic.

Not all of the 16 killings have been solved and some are still under investigation.

"We don't want this to be a south side thing," Robertson said. "It's a whole community problem. We need help on the south side. We need resources."

The victims honored in the march include:

  • Jesus Sides, killed in October of 2002 at 212 Lorimier Street.
  • Detavian Richardson, killed in August of 2014 at 200 South Middle Street.
  • Zatrun Twiggs, killed in August of 2014 at 200 South Middle Street.
  • George Robinson, killed in April of 2008 at 203 South Pacific Street.
  • Joshua Diebert, killed in June of 2014 at 111 Good Hope Street.
  • Markell Beasley, killed in December of 2013 at 308 South Hanover Street.
  • Shannon James, killed in February of 2013 at 401 South Pacific Street.
  • Misty Cole, killed in February of 2013 at 401 South Pacific Street.
  • Anthony Hempstead, killed in June o 2014 at 830 Jefferson Street.
  • Nicholas Gilbert, killed in December of 2012 at 433 South Sprigg Street.
  • Quinton Combs, killed in November of 2015 at 500 South Frederick Street.
  • Airious Darling, killed in March of 2016 at 612 Locust Street.
  • Darcus Paul, killed in September of 2012 at 614 Locust Street.
  • Domorlo McCaster, killed in May of 2016 at the intersection of Ranney and Willow Streets.
  • Anton Miller, killed in January of 2004 on Good Hope Street.
  • Howard Smith, killed in October of 2015 in the 900 block of Ranney Street. 

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