Join Durham Community to 'March Against Violence'

Annual event takes place during National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Duke community members can join local residents at the Durham March Against Violence April 25. Photo courtesy of the Durham Police Department.

Members of the Duke community are invited to join forces with Durham residents April 25 during the city's annual "March Against Violence" event.

The march is sponsored by the Durham Police Department as a part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The march will begin at 7 p.m. at the Durham Police Department, 505 W. Chapel Hill St. Participants will walk three blocks (about a half-mile) to West Main Street before looping back. Registration for the event begins at 6:30 p.m. A vigil to commemorate lives lost to violence will immediately follow the march.

All are welcome and Durham Police will provide free T-shirts, as supplies last.

"It's an opportunity for us and the community to show support to let everyone know that there's help for you if you need it," said John Suitt, a Durham Police officer. "The most important thing to know is that no one is alone."

Suitt said the event typically gets many individual walkers, but groups are encouraged to register and wear clothing that will identify their affiliation. Duke students and employees, for example, can wear Duke blue shirts or jackets.

For more information about the event, call (919) 560-4951 or email