BRADENTON — In response to the recent slayings of two Manatee teen-agers, several local agencies Thursday are holding a march and vigil to raise awareness about violence in the community.
The march will start at 6:30 p.m. at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, 611 13th Ave. E., Bradenton, and proceed to St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Martin Luther King Ave. E., Bradenton. A candlelight vigil at St. Paul’s will start at 7 p.m.
The events are sponsored by the Rogers Project Hope Inc., the Manatee County School Board and the Central Community Redevelopment Agency.
They come in the wake of the Aug. 4 shooting death of Bayshore High School graduate DeJuan Williams, 18, at his home; and the Sept. 4 slaying of Bayshore High cheerleader Jasmine Thompson, 17, as she rode in a car with friends. The homicides were not related, and suspects have arrested in each case, according to authorities.