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Proctor Park hosts "Stop The Violence Kickball Tournament"

Nine teams participated in the tournament, each one representing someone who was the victim of gun violence.

Posted: Jun 29, 2019 10:15 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2019 11:22 PM

UTICA, NY – It was all about families and fun at F.T. Proctor Park Saturday.

Families affected by gun violence.

They got together to take part in the first annual Stop The Violence Kickball Tournament.

Nine teams participated in the tournament, each one representing someone who was the victim of gun violence.

The event was held in memory of Henry Martinez.

Martinez formerly of Utica was gunned down in Jacksonville, Florida two years ago.

Angel Martinez, Henry’s brother, helped organize the tournament.

“This is all family and friends. Just showing that if there’s more to do in the community, the less crime that will happen.”

Following the tournament, the teams held a balloon launch vigil to remember the victims of gun violence.

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