Community marches for peace following mass shooting that left 3 dead, 9 injured

For Tony Thy, Tuesday night’s mass shooting during a Halloween party was too close to home.

The shooting which killed three and injured another nine happened at his aunt’s house. His nieces and nephews were inside the house when it happened. The family, which has lived at the house for about a decade, has since moved.

Fortunately, none of his relatives were injured, but the senseless killings left Thy wanting to do something.

He called his longtime friend and fellow community leader Tito Rodriguez, known as Hood Santa for his work with the Local Hearts Foundation in the city, and came up with an idea.

“We need to march,” Thy told Rodriguez. “He said ‘Let’s do it.’ ”

Rodriguez said it’s time to throw away the type of mentality he grew up with that sees violence as a normal thing.

“I’m 42 years old now, it’s really about the babies,” Rodriguez said. “It’s gotta be us leading the way and being the example, and showing them that there’s something better out there than violence, than hurting people, than bullying somebody.”

Dozens of community members joined Thy and Rodriguez for a march Sunday afternoon from Junipero to Temple avenues along 7th Street.

Ream Chuon, 36, said he joined the march because “no matter where you live at you should be able to raise your kids in peace.”

Born and raised in Long Beach, Chuon said he remembers the violence of the 90s and doesn’t want to see it happen again.

March for Peace co-organizer Tony Thy speaks to marchers on Sunday, November 3, 2019 before heading to the house where a mass shooting left three men dead and nine others injured during a Halloween party. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Three boys hold signs at 7th Street and Junipero Avenue Sunday, November 3, 2019 before a March for Peace event. The march is in response to the mass shooting last Tuesday that left three men dead and nine others injured. Photo by Kate Karp.

March for Peace participants walk to the Rose Park house where a mass shooting last Tuesday left three men dead and another nine people injured during a Halloween party. The march took place Sunday, November 3, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Tito Rodriguez, co-organizer of the March for Peace, leads participants toward 10th Street and Temple Avenue. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

March for Peace participants stop in front of the Rose Park house where a mass shooting last Tuesday left three men dead and another nine people injured during a Halloween party. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

A moment of silence is held by March for Peace participants outside the home where a mass shooting took place last Tuesday. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Candles are lit in front of the Rose Park house where a mass shooting took place last Tuesday leaving three men dead and another nine people injured. Photo by Kate Karp.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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