Utica, N.Y. - It’s a big weekend in Utica, many say it’s a weekend that saves lives.
The 10th annual Stop the Violence Weekend is being held at Kemble Park.
Stop the Violence co-chairperson Nakia Williams says the event is designed to show young people in Utica that their community cares about them, “We had some games out, we did some coloring with the kids,we did musical chairs, just activities to get the community engaged to let them know that we also care and if we don't come together then the violence doesn't stop. If we can't take care of our own community and come together then it doesn't matter if you get the mayor or the president or anyone else.”
A big part of this weekend is also the annual basketball tournament.
Because of Saturday morning’s rain, the early games were moved indoors to the Utica Parkway Community Center.
Event co-chairperson Gary Brabham says tournament is in honor of a good friend of his, “The tournament started In the name of one of my good friends,Shaun Vaughn, he was killed in 2010 due to some violence, inner-city violence and that's really where we started from. We grew up together since grade school and then we went out to Herkimer College together."
Williams says it’s up to the community to make the community better, “This is where I grew up, this is home, and once again if we can't
take care of home then how do we expect our kids to thrive."
Stop the Violence Weekend continues on Sunday.