MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A 'Stop The Violence' rally ended in a way organizers didn't see coming.
The event at Charles Johnson Park on Saturday led to a massive brawl, and multiple gun shots. The chaotic scene recorded and posted on Facebook.
One community leader is urging people to take a different point of view from what appears to be an unfortunate ending to a good thing. He says the meaning of the rally is the real takeaway.
"Instead of downing and taking something negative, take something positive," said Tyrone Dickens.
Tyrone Dickens, or better known to his peers as K-9, says things are out of control, and it's time for a change.
"I have kids, look at my kids. I would've loved to have brought my kids out there. That man did a wonderful job. So the thing to say? Stop the violence," said Dickens.
We reached out to the young man who held the event, but he didn't want to talk on camera. Dickens says he hopes he doesn't get discouraged. He says the future of tomorrow rests on the shoulders of people just like him.
"We want to encourage the young man to don't give up. You started something at a young age. Do not give up," said Dickens.
Dickens plans to reach out to the young man so they can hold a similar event together in the future. He hopes others will follow suit.
"We're hoping by him doing that, that other people will step up and say, 'hey, I want to team up with the young man,'" said Dickens.
A strong message to a community trying to take a turn in the right direction.
"Keep going. Keep looking successful and everything else, God will put in the right place," said Dickens.
We reached out to Monroe Police for comment. They have not returned our calls at this time.