Kansas City peace walk proceeds despite safety fears

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City peace walk was nearly cancelled, because of concerns om the aftermath of the Dallas shooting, but organizers decided they weren’t going to turn their back on their city and their opportunity to spread unity.

Dallas has been in the forefront of everyone’s mind, so when organizers put together a Kansas City peace walk, they contemplated not going through with the event for safety reasons.

“I was scared. I didn't want to see anyone hurt,” one organizer said.

Many in the crowd almost didn’t show up.

“I've been thinking about that, my mom was thinking about that. She didn't agree with me coming on this day,” Tyler Kunkel said.

Savon Hayes was supposed to come with his family of six. They decided to stay home but he and his little brother decided they needed to be here.

“In the end, I decided he deserves to have this experience just as much as I do,” Hayes said.

So they walked in peace, unity and love. There were no arguments, no violence. Hundreds of people of all different ages, races and religions walked together.

“It makes me feel awesome,” Hayes said.

“We're trying to get the message out that black lives do matter and that there is a problem in our community. We're not trying to solve that with violence, we're trying to solve that with peace,” Kunkel said.

Today was about showing support and standing with those families who lost loved ones, but people here said the peace walk ended up healing them. Walking with strangers, high-fiving those who they pass by, proving where there is darkness, there is always light.

“Getting to see all these that care, towards the peace that we need here, it's really special.”

A group is gathering for a prayer vigil Sunday, July 9 at KCMO East Patrol Division at 2640 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, Mo.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.