Peace march in Kalamazoo this weekend

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This weekend hundreds will gather at a Kalamazoo park, calling for an end to the violence.

The mother of a Kalamazoo murder victim, Toni McGhee, is behind Saturday's Peace March.

Her son Andre Reason was killed in 2003 near Ada and Westnedge.

She says seven people have been killed within blocks of that spot over the years.

One year after her son was killed she started Toni's Praise Place on Burdick Street, a safe haven for young kids and teenagers.

It closed down two years ago because it wasn't up to code.

McGhee is hoping to open another building soon as a safe place for kids to get off the streets.

"I wanted to take something painful and turn it into praise, take something bad and turn it into something good, so I wanted to help other kids be safe," said McGhee.

The Walk for Peace in Kalamazoo is Saturday. It starts at 5:00 Saturday night at Farrell Park on Rose Street.

They expect between 300 to 500 people.