With drums beating and singing all around them, a couple dozen people marched with signs and a banner through Regina’s North Central neighbourhood to remember a nephew, a cousin, and a friend.
This is the second year of Darian’s Walk for Peace. This year it was held just a few days away from when Darian Moise would have turned 18, and a week after the anniversary of his death.
“He was 16 when he got murdered and he didn’t deserve this, and I don’t think nobody should deserve to go that way,” said Moise’s aunt, Barb Still.
Still was quiet and reflective about her nephew. The walk started on the same street Darian’s body was found and Still said it’s hard to be in the same place.
“Darian was a good kid, you know. He was 16, full of life. Had no problems with nobody. He was just an all-around nice guy, everybody liked him, he had a bright smile.”
She said Moise had been having a tough time since his mother died and had fallen in with the wrong crowd.
“I here to just support and show that my nephew was loved, you know, and he was just a young guy that got killed for nothing.”
Still wants the walk to keep Moise in their hearts and memories, but also to encourage people to speak out against the violence in their communities.
“Enough’s enough, we have to stand up as a community and just stand up to gang violence.”
Lawrence Strongquill, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Moise’s death last week. He’ll be sentenced in December.
Still said she was kept out of the loop of the court proceedings and it hurt her. However, she said the family is going to be holding a rally in front of the courthouse on the date of Strongquill’s sentencing.