WILMINGTON — On Jan. 3, 2016, a young 14-year-old boy, Aljhean Williams, was the first victim of gun violence in Wilmington for the year.
Following Aljhean’s death, family and community members founded a non-profit organization called Aljhean Williams Teens Against Violence. The group’s mission is to encourage young people to explore alternatives to violence and promote peace within their communities. “Lead one, teach one, and unite the youth into a better tomorrow” is the guiding vision of the organization.
On Jan. 1, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m., a community event commemorating the anniversary of Aljhean’s death and promoting alternative responses to violence will be held at the Turnkey Center at Creekwood North. Members of the public are invited to attend.
Community leaders and community members will be invited to speak and share thoughts and feelings, refreshments will be provided. There is an opportunity to join the organization and help support its mission which will be encouraged.
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