ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - They started with a prayer and walked in solidarity. Dozens of people showed up at Kingshighway and Highland in north St. Louis to remember the life of Aniya Cook and others murdered on the streets of St. Louis.
Aniya was killed in the summer of 2012 after being shot while sitting in a car. She died just weeks before starting college. Since then her parents, Rochelle and Orlando, have been holding memorial walks to spread a message of peace. They also started the the Aniya Cook Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
"Doing the march it helps me because I know that this community needs help. We want to walk through this community and let them know that we are going to keep Aniya's memory alive and other victims of crime. I want the killing in our community to stop. It must stop," said Rochelle Cook.
Marchers and community leaders have seen some change since the 2014 death of Michael Brown, but realize they have a long way to go. As time passes, Team Aniya won't stop in their quest to see more lives saved to help preserve a brighter future for generations to come.