ERIE, Pa. — On January 5, 2010, 19-year-old Steve Arrington was shot dead outside a convenience store on Buffalo Road in Erie.
Steve’s mother, Erie city councilwoman Sonya Arrington, wanted to see change. From her pain, she gave birth to Mothers Against Teen Violence.
“We need to remember our people, our loved ones. We have good memories of them and that’s one thing nobody can take away… is our memories. It’s all about memories,” said Arrington.
The nonprofit organization hosted its 7th annual Steve Arrington II Memorial Candlelight Vigil and Talent Show at the Booker T. Washington Center.
The event featured activists and community leaders, lunch and a talent show.
“When I first started it was just a candlelight vigil. I said, ‘I’m doing this in memory of my son,” said Arrington. “So, I thought about it. ‘Why not do a talent show?’ Because that’s a positive way for our youth to express themselves.”
Organizers hope the event inspires the youth, while honoring loved ones lost to violence.