Peace rally honors teen mom killed in Downtown Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Peace rally honors teen mom killed in Downtown Memphis

Myneishia Johnson (Source: Family) Myneishia Johnson (Source: Family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Hundreds of people gathered to march in Downtown Memphis to remember a promising young woman killed in gun violence.

Myneishia Johnson was just days away from her high school graduation when a man shot and killed her blocks away from Beale Street.

"Instead of me giving her $100 for graduating, I had to go put my money on putting my baby in a hole," Johnson's godmother Trina Parker said.

Thursday, friends and family members rallied in her name to stop the senseless violence happening in Memphis.

"It's time to put an end to it," Delvin Lane said.

"I stand before you saying enough is enough," Parker said.

Thursday's peace rally started with a basketball game near Foote Homes. People not hooping it up, took to the sidewalks with chalk writing messages like 'stop the killing.'

"Nobody wants to wake up and hear about another death or hear that their child has died," Carolyn Johnson said.

At the time of the rally, 94 people had been killed in Memphis in 2016. That's many more than the same time in 2015.

The rally started at Foote Homes and moved to Booker T. Washington High School, where Johnson attended school.

"Wake the community up and say it's time to take a stand against this," Lane said.

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