More than 200 people came out for a candlelight vigil in Abbotsford on Sunday for families to talk about and grieve the loss of their loved ones to gangs.
The event, titled Labelled: Caught in the Crossfire, was held at civic plaza and was organized by Kids Play Foundation.
Among the speakers was Ken Dosanjh, the brother of Ron and Jimmy Dosanjh, who were both killed in gang-related killings within two months of each other in 1994.
Organizer Jessica Sherman, the director of operations for the Abbotsford chapter of Kids Play Foundation, lost her cousin Harwin Baringh – whom she calls her brother – when he was gunned down on Sparrow Drive in west Abbotsford on Oct. 2, 2014 at the age of 18.
Nobody has been arrested or charged in relation to his death.
Sherman said the vigil was held to provide a safe place for families to “speak their truth, share their sorrow and celebrate the lives of their lost children.”
Kids Play Foundation is an organization aimed at keeping kids out of gangs and away from drugs and violence.