ROCKFORD (WTVO) – A community comes together in remembrance on the 10 anniversary of Mark Anthony Barmore’s death.
Barmore was killed in 2009 at just 23 years old. He was shot by two Rockford Police Officers after leading them into a daycare at the Kingdom Authority Church, at 815 N Church Street.
However, the Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force, the Cook County Integrity Task Force, and Illinois State Police determined the officer’s deadly use of force was justified.
A decade later, Barmore’s father and the Kingdom Authority Church invite the community to come together, honoring all Rockford residents no longer here due to gun violence. People brought posters of their loved ones and released balloons in their memory.
“You can’t hold no animosity. You got to let it go. And you can’t blame all officers for what those two did anyway. And I even forgive them, we need this, this is really great we need this come togetherness.”, said Barmore’s father, Anthony Stevens.
Stevens says after seeing how much his own family and other victim’s families benefited from coming together at the event, he is hoping to have more gatherings in the future.
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