CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Community leaders and neighbors gathered in Avondale Sunday for the annual ‘Ride for Peace’ car and bike show.
Organizers say they were driving through crime ‘hot spots’ in the city.
The group was escorted around town by local law enforcement officers.
Mayoral candidate Cecil Thomas, who served as a Cincinnati police officer for 27 years, was there in support.
”We’re riding for peace and stop the violence. Just talking about sending a message to the minds of the young folks that maybe you don’t want to pull the trigger. Let’s stop the violence, and let’s do something positive,” Thomas said.
The ride and car show took place on the same day that one person was shot and injured on I-75 in West Chester.
Police say two cars were involved in the incident that happened just after 3 a.m. on SB-75 between Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Union Center Boulevard.
Three people were also hospitalized early Saturday morning when shots were fired near Greenwich Bar on Gilbert Avenue in Avondale.
Pastor Jackie Jackson, a member of Every Town for Gun Safety, says she was happy to be out sharing her message Sunday.
“It showed unity in the community, and it showed the importance of coming out against gun violence,” Jackson said.
According to City of Cincinnati statistics, there have been 92 gun-related crimes committed so far this year.
“We’re not against guns. We just think they should be handled more responsibly,” said Jill Bowman, a member of Mom’s Demand Action who attended the Ride for Peace event.
“It’s just a feel-good moment to have everybody here for a common cause rather than be against one another,” Bowman said.
”These are the kinds of things we need to do in our community to bring the kind of love that we all search for because we all hurt when somebody gets killed,” Thomas said.
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