Cleveland: Lanci, vigil-goers greeted with gunfire

2:25 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- While arriving at the site of an evening vigil earlier this week, Cleveland mayoral candidate Ken Lanci and some residents were caught in the crossfire of gun shots and street violence.

Lanci recounted the incident.

Lanci was driving into the parking lot on East 79th Street in the Garden Valley Projects that night to attend a candlelight vigil when he witnessed firsthand "what many Cleveland residents experience every day."

As he pulled his car into the parking lot, he had to duck for cover as a volley of gunfire erupted around him.

Many men, women and children also had to find cover as CMHA police arrived on the scene, with weapons drawn as they searched the area.

The CHMA police were soon joined by the Cleveland Police. No one was hurt, "but panic was rampant."

Many said there would be no vigil, "but a few courageous young women said they still wanted to have it. They encouraged everyone to not let gunfire scare them away. Inspiring everyone, the people of the projects gathered in a circle, one by one, joining the hands of these young women and activists."

More than 100 of them sided for justice and peace, including Lanci, chanting an old spiritual, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around."


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