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Painesville residents gather to heal, speak out against gun violence

November 26, 2018

Painesville residents gather to heal, speak out against gun violence

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — An impassioned crowd gathered at First Church Congregational Sunday afternoon for a rally and candlelight vigil to end gun violence. The event was organized by families that have been affected by gun violence—most recently the death of Harvey High student, 16-year old Yorry Timley.

Yorry’s mother, Michelle Timely, stepped to the church alter and pleaded with the audience. “Please, put the guns down,” she said. “Pick up a book. Be somebody, because my son’s dreams will never be fulfilled. Yorry, mommy loves you.”

Yorry Timley was shot and killed around on Oct. 19, according to Painesville police. A 17-year-old was arrested in connection with the shooting on Oct. 30.

Event organizer and Painesville resident, Lois Osborn, offered one solution to gun violence, circulating a petition which will be sent to Congress. The petition called for universal background checks, limit civilian access to high capacity weapons, make gun trafficking a federal crime, and improve access to mental health for those who may be prone to violence.

Other community leaders, like Painesville resident Judith Jones, also spoke to the crowd. With with tears on her cheeks, Jones said, “Love conquers all. You have to dig down deep inside to find that forgiveness. In order for love to work, you have to have forgiveness.” The event ended with a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence, honoring the victims with a spontaneous singing of the gospel song “This Little Light of Mine.”

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