With recent gang shootings happening not only in Gridley but in surrounding towns as well, the Padres Unidos del Sagrado Corazon of Gridley held another Peace Walk in the hopes of raising awareness of what these tragedies do to families as well as a community.
Butte County Behavioral Health Counselor Angel Calderon is a driving force of these walks where participants hold candles as they walk through the residential streets of Gridley. The first walk was held in 2003 after a double homicide in Gridley and was held every year for three years after that. The group held a walk in Biggs one year.
"Our message is Peace. No more deaths, no more friends deaths," Calderon stated. "The boy who was killed and they boy that shot him went to school together. I knew them both. One of them played on my soccer team and his parents are very involved in the church."
While waiting for the last participants to line up, Calderon reflected on 18-year-old Alonzo Robles-Morales who was shot October 1, 2012 - a friend of his son who used to visit the Calderon home frequently when he was younger.
"He stopped coming over. We don't want more deaths. This is a stupid way to die. Friends and neighbors are grieving. Parents who are afraid are not showing up tonight," he explained.
Calderon is also familiar with 22-year-old Roy Diaz who was shot in the back and currently paralyzed after an October 29, 2012 shooting. "I talked to him a number of times in the past. I warned him about the friends he was hanging around with," Calderon stated. To read the rest of this story, please pick up a 11/7/12 issue of The Gridley Herald.