At Unity Rally, Raphael Ward’s Mother Urges LES to “Stop the Violence”

Columbia and Rivington streets. Arlene Delgado, Raphael’s mom, is pictured to the left of Council member Chin. Photo: Councilmember Margaret Chin’s twitter feed.

Community activists, elected officials and residents sick and tired of youth violence came out in large numbers last night at a “stop the violence” unity rally.  The crowd gathered at 5:30 p.m. on Avenue D and 6th Street and marched down to Columbia Street, where 16-year old Raphael Ward was shot and killed January 4.

Arlene Delgado, Raphael’s mom, thanked the community for an outpouring of support in the aftermath of her family’s tragedy, and called on parents throughout the Lower East Side to do whatever it takes to keep their kids safe. “They say it takes a village, right… So our village has to pull together. You have to be more involved,” she said.  Delgado said she is starting a foundation in her son’s name.