Avila University holds Walk for Peace on International Peace Day - KCTV5

Avila University holds Walk for Peace on International Peace Day

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About 70 students and staff at the small Catholic college walked in silence from one school landmark to another. (KCTV5) About 70 students and staff at the small Catholic college walked in silence from one school landmark to another. (KCTV5)
About 70 students and staff at the small Catholic college walked in silence from one school landmark to another. (KCTV5) About 70 students and staff at the small Catholic college walked in silence from one school landmark to another. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local university finds personal meaning Wednesday, on International Peace Day, when people worldwide find ways to focus on non-violence.

About 70 students and staff at the small Catholic college walked in silence from one school landmark to another.

They planned the walk in June, but the meaning is especially poignant now.

On August 28th, Cheri Bland was killed by her ex-boyfriend in a murder/suicide at 7th Heaven. Bland's sister is a student at Avila. 

On September 5th, police found a woman shot to death behind an abandoned house on the east side. That woman, Mickell Tolbert, was a third-year nursing student at Avila.

The day Tolbert was identified, Jessica Runions was reported missing. 

At the walk's end, Jessica's mother was presented with white mums from several students, and though she didn't want to speak to the news media, others told us the series of events has been difficult for the Avila family.

"I have followed a lot of it online," said Katlin Huskey, a senior at the school. "And once I finally saw them in person today, I think that is what made my stomach drop. As soon as I saw her, I immediately like got teary-eyed."

A walk for peace was held Wednesday and dedicated to three recent victims of violence with connections to the school. 

Her daughter went missing just one day after she learned about the shooting death of one of her students - Tolbert.

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