Protesters respond to heartbreaking violence

Mark Di Ionno: Newark Anti-Violence Coalition trying to do its part to stop killings
Di Ionno profiles the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, which has been protesting violence in the city since 2009.

The latest protest took place at the site of the shooting that claimed Kendal Spear, a Newark student who grew into a life any parent would be proud of. Spear was gunned down trying to break up an altercation.

His mother, Kelley, is quoted here.

Kelley Spear grew up in Weequahic, and came home after college to raise her family.

“Her motivation was her two sons,” Schuppe said. “Like most Newark parents, she struggled to balance two competing instincts: to let her children be children, and to protect them from the streets. This is a theme of the book. I’ve met many mothers and fathers who, like Kelley, seem to be doing all the right things, but live in constant fear that their work will be extinguished by one bad decision, one slip of fate.”

Schuppe said the last time he talked to Kelley, “she told me with pride – and some relief — that her son Kendal was attending technical school in Florida. He’d made it.”


Author: Ken Walker

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