A small group gathered outside the Bethel AME church near 24th and Franklin. They all wore bright orange, sending a message of solidarity they hope will end gun violence.
“It isn’t just one solution. There’s going to be a lot of different things we can do,” said Mary Ellen Raines, who lost a friend to domestic violence. “We have to do all we can.
The night’s rally was one of about 150 across the country, including Nebraska cities Kearney and Lincoln. Among the 50 people gathered in Omaha were family members of Garrion Johnson who was gunned down last year.
“I’m still learning how to cope with the stress of not having him,” Johnson’s sister, Tanyunika Carter said. “Nothing is going to bring him back.”