BRENTWOOD - Two violence-ravaged Long Island communities came together today for a peace march aimed at stamping out street crime.
Hundreds of Central Islip and Brentwood residents took part in the march, including Erica Boynton, whose 15-year-old son was shot to death in 2009. His killer has not been found.
"I want our kids to be safe and live a life, a normal life, instead of being chased and shot and killed," she says.
Community members agree that gang violence is a big problem on the streets, and Dorina Barksdale, of the group Vision One Youth, says parents need to do more to help eradicate it.
"What we're finding is that a lot of our children are falling between the cracks," she says.
Organizers of the march for peace say they also want to set up programs and create a safe haven to get children off the streets.