Fights break out during UniverSoul peace rally - KCTV5

Fights break out during UniverSoul peace rally

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A march against violence in Kansas City ended in fistfights Tuesday night, but organizers say they still think some good can come out of it.

Lee Ivy marched in the UniverSoul Circus peace rally Tuesday night. It was billed as an event to bring the community together and stop the violence on city streets.

"It was fine. Everyone was enjoying, waiting, having fun," she said.

The peace march began on Prospect Avenue between 39th and 41st streets and was supposed to make its way to the Linwood Shopping Center at 31st Street and Prospect Avenue.

Everything was fine until the rally reached 31st and Prospect.

"Someone hollered out 'no!' and everyone turned around and there were these two guys fighting," Ivy said. "I was like 'no they didn't, no they did not do this.'"

Bishop Tony Caldwell helped organize the rally. He said there was not just one fight, but seven. He jumped in to help break up a few of the fights and now he has a message for those involved in the violence.

"Wow. Right here, right now," Caldwell said. "It's not acceptable to take matters into your own hands for any means necessary."

He said he hopes the message got through.

"Several of them (involved) called me this morning. They said, ‘We were totally wrong. What can we do to make amends to this?'" Caldwell said.

But to fix the violence he said it will take a village.

"If you want to make change in Kansas City and you're tired of the killing, well it starts with you," Caldwell said.

Both Ivy and Caldwell agree that, despite these fights that broke out at the peace rally on Tuesday, they say they're going to continue to have them. They say that's the only way to achieve the ultimate goal of peace.

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