As a kick-off to Peace Week, about 150 Long Beach residents gathered to hold the 5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil to honor victims of violence in the city.
Last year, violent crimes in the city increased 6 percent– not a huge jump, however, violence is almost twice as likely to occur in Long Beach than it is on a national average. Earlier last year, the Centers for Disease Control also named the city one of the top five worst cities with gang violence in the U.S.
The video above covers the event on Jan. 12 and highlights some people in the community.
As a teenager, Adalhi began volunteering at many programs helping our communities become healthier and safer to provide resources to people in need. He was involved with Weed and Seed in Central Long Beach and is a youth mentor for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Adalhi is also in the process of completing the neighborhood leadership program at the Advanced Organizing Institute and is studying Radio and television broadcasting at LBCC. In the future, he looks forward to joining the Marine Corps and continuing his education.