Saturday, August 29, 2009

Group walks to commemorate peer's death - Gazette

Movement alive one year after fatal shooting

by Jeremy Arias | Staff writer | Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Defying the muggy humidity and looming thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, about 50 youth activists and community organizers met at a bus stop at 8555 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring for a two-mile peace walk to remember a fallen friend and spread the message of nonviolence.

It was at that same bus stop on Nov. 1, 2008, that 14-year-old Montgomery Blair High School freshman Tai Lam was shot to death on a Ride On bus while on his way home from downtown Silver Spring with his friends. Galvanized by the ferocity of the incident, a youth-led nonviolence group, Mixed Unity, was formed by a coalition of Lam's classmates and members of other youth organizations to promote peace in the troubled neighborhoods of Silver Spring.

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