A community group in Ohio had a nightmare come true when a youth event that it organized in August to promote nonviolence was disrupted by gunfire.
The Peace Bowl, a youth football tournament, ended when a teen spectator was gunned down. The 19-year-old arrested for the murder, Dante Allen, has a long juvenile record and was free due to a mistake in pretrial procedures in another shooting in which he is charged.
The event, sponsored by the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, brought together 14 football teams of youth between ages 6 and 12 to promote peace in a city that has seen a recent increase in shootings.
Organizers vowed to continue holding Peace Bowls. “This won’t be our last,” the Rev. Peterson Mingo, a youth football coach, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.