In light of last week’s shooting at Gibson Park in Miami, community leaders have called for a gathering to protest gun violence in the community.
Three people were shot last Saturday – none fatally – as more than 300 people cheered on two teams of 11 and 12 year olds playing football nearby. No arrests have been made, but people in the area said they know who did it.
The newly renovated park at 401 NW 12th St. now has a water park and Olympic-size swimming pool, a baseball and football field and playground. Neighbors say the shooting will not keep them from enjoying the new facilities.
Members of the community are encouraged to attend the Pop Warner football game at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Gibson Park to show their support for a zero-tolerance attitude toward gun violence in the neighborhood. Miami Commission Chairman Francis Suarez and Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones plan to be there.
“In light of last week’s shooting at Gibson Park, it is important for community leaders to send a strong message that we will not tolerate violence in our community,” Suarez said in a statement. “We will protect our children at all costs.”
Added Commissioner Spence-Jones: “As the District 5 Commissioner, I stand committed to making sure our city parks are safe for children and families. We will not tolerate any violence or illegal activities in our parks. I stand united with my colleagues in creating no tolerance zones in our parks and throughout the entire city of Miami.”