(10/14/13) - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a Mid-Michigan college hosted an annual event to help promote peace and dignity.
In wake of a violent weekend in Flint, the gathering took on new meaning.
Monday morning -a new week and a new sense of urgency for peace.
The weekend was a violent one in Flint. Three different crime scenes, three more victims added to this year's homicide count.
Jasmine, a Mott Community College student, lives not far from two of those scenes. She's one of many who attended the 21st annual Peace and Dignity Ceremony on her campus to celebrate cultural harmony and Hispanic heritage.
Monday, it felt like a safe haven from the violence that surrounds her community.
"Just walking around the corner to go to the store, I feel unsafe, and students, teachers, everybody shouldn't have to feel like that," she said.
The gathering is meant to bring people together and spread peace through the Flint community - a goal that seemed even more urgent Monday.
"We hope to be an example, to stand up tall and straight and strong and say with all the things that are around us, we can still hold peace in our hearts," said Chuck Hagen, event organizer.
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